Ross Elementary School fourth graders raised about $1,600 for the Honor Flight program to send two military veterans to Washington, D.C.


The money was provided to the veterans during a ceremony March 12 at Ross Elementary School.


“In November, the fourth graders have always done something for Veterans Day,” said Ross Elementary fourth grade teacher Patricia Adams.


This year, she said, the idea to raise money for an Honor Flight came from fellow fourth grade teacher Rochelle Weil.


The Honor Flight is a charitable program conducted by nonprofit organizations and affiliate groups, with the goal of sending as many WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans as possible to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials of the respective wars in which they fought, at no cost to them.


The Honor Flight Network currently has 132 hubs spread throughout 46 states.


According to www.honorflight.org, since the end of 2017 more than 200,000 have been escorted to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials.


After receiving a letter in late December from the Honor Flight Network thanking them for their donation, Ross Elementary decided a way to celebrate both what the fourth grade had done and the veterans going to Washington, D.C., would be to hold an assembly where students could express their gratitude.


The two veterans going on the Honor Flight, as well as other veterans, were invited to speak and express their own thanks for the donations made.


The Boy Scouts presented the colors and students sang “America the Beautiful” and “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”


Various fourth-grade classes also delivered poems about who veterans are, what they do and what they have done.


“Our original goal was $800, but we ended up raising a little over $1,600,” said Adams. “The kids got really involved and excited.”


The two veterans going on the Honor Flight will leave for Washington, D.C., in April.


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