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Honor
Flight
Chicago’s
Mail
Call
 Honor
Flight
Chicago
will
be
honoring
your
dad/mom/loved
one/friend/neighbor
 with
an
all
expense
paid
trip
to
Washington
DC
to
see
the
WWII
Memorial
–built
in
 their
honor.
This
majestic
memorial
was
completed
in
2004,
when
many
of
these
 brave
men
and
women
were
not
physically
able
to
make
the
trip
on
their
own.
 Although
visiting
the
memorial
is
a
very
important
part
of
the
day,
the
day’s
focus
is
 about
thanking
our
veterans
for
the
service
and
sacrifice
they
made
65
years
ago
for
 the
freedoms
we
enjoy
today.

Throughout
the
day,
these
men
and
women
are
 overwhelmed
by
people
who
want
to
shake
their
hand,
salute
them
and
just
say
 thanks.

Although
the
veterans
relish
this
recognition,
they
are
even
more
proud
 when
they
are
recognized
by
their
own
family
and
friends.




This
is
the
secret
part
of
the
day
where
we
need
your
help…
 After
a
day
of
camaraderie
and
reminiscing,
these
veterans
think
their
day‐long
 exhilarating
experience
is
finally
over.
On
the
return
flight
to
Chicago,
they
drift
off
 to
a
well‐
deserved
sleep.
But
much
as
it
was
in
wartime,
their
day
is
not
over.
 Waiting
for
them
on
the
return
flight
is
another
surprise,
“Mail
Call”
the
same
kind
 of
mail
call
that
kept
their
spirits
alive
during
the
war.

 Specifically
this
is
how
you
can
make
the
day
even
more
special
….
 As
the
primary
contact
for
this
veteran,
you
know
the
important
people
in
your
 loved
one’s
life.
Please
contact
each
and
every
one
of
them
and
ask
them
to
write
a
 letter
or
card
of
thanks
to
your
veteran
for
serving
this
country.
 Who
should
you
ask?


 Relatives?


Naturally.

Friends?

Of
course.


Work
colleagues?

Definitely.


 Church/temple
friends?

Absolutely.


Neighbors?

You
bet!

Politicians?

Why
not?
 
 
 



Please
mail
your
letters/cards/vmail
to
the
following
address
(nothing
larger
than
a
 6”
x
9”
envelope
please):
 Honor
Flight
Chicago
Mail
Call

 Two
Mid
America
Plaza
 Route
83
and
22nd
Street,
Suite
800
 Oakbrook
Terrace,
IL
60181
 This
is
the
address
of
a
private
company’s
automated
shipping
center.

It
is
not
 possible
to
contact
anyone
within
this
company
or
within
Honor
Flight
regarding
the
 receipt
of
the
package.


 
 It
is
crucial
that
we
have
your
veteran’s
name
prominently
displayed
on
the
lower
 left
portion
of
the
envelope
and
the
veteran’s
flight
date
(6‐7‐2011).


 In
order
to
assemble
nearly
10,000
pieces
of
mail
for
each
flight,
it
is
extremely
 important
that
ALL
mail
is
received
no
later
than
Thursday,
June
2,
2011
so
that
your
 personal
letter
can
be
bundled
with
other
letters
from
elected
officials
and
local
 school
children.

If
you
need
to
have
confirmation
that
your
letter
was
received,
 please
send
it
via
UPS
or
FEDEX
and
check
the
tracking
numbers
to
confirm
receipt.

 Please
Note:

Our
volunteer
team
who
is
assembling
this
mail
will
not
be
able
to
 answer
any
calls
to
confirm
receipt
of
your
letter,
as
it
is
being
channeled
through
a
 receiving
department
of
a
private
company
that
has
donated
this
service.

 We
ask
that
you
do
not
include
any
food,
beverages,
confetti
or
photo
albums
with
 your
personalized
letter
or
card.

If
you
cannot
get
the
personal
letter
to
us
by
this
 date,
please
keep
the
mail
and
slip
it
into
your
veteran’s
envelope
at
the
Welcome
 Home
Celebration.


Please
do
not
mail
it
directly
to
the
veteran
until
after
the
flight

 since
it
could
ruin
the
surprise!


 For
many
of
our
veterans,
Mail
Call
is
not
only
the
highlight
of
their
day
of
honor,
 but
it
is
also
a
valuable
and
tangible
keepsake
of
their
trip.
 The
following
excerpts
are
just
a
few
examples
of
mail
call
letters
that
we
have
 received
in
the
past.
Some
of
these
letters
include
scanned
photos
of
our
senior
 heroes
as
they
headed
off
to
war
as
young
as
17
years
old
men
in
uniform.
Other
 letters
include
copies
of
love
letters
that
were
sent
to
their
boyfriend
during
the
 war—that
boyfriend
has
been
their
husband
for
the
past
60+
years.






We
appreciate
your
help
making
our
June
7,
2011
the
best
mail
call
ever.

PLEASE
 REMEMBER
THAT
MAIL
CALL
IS
A
SECRET!
If
you
have
any
questions
or
would
like
to
 find
out
about
further
opportunities
to
join
our
volunteer
team,
please
feel
free
to
 visit
our
website
at
honorflightchicago.org
and
view
our
Emmy‐nominated
 documentary
narrated
by
Gary
Sinise.

If
I
can
answer
any
further
questions
for
you,
 please
feel
free
to
contact
me.


 Tina
Yario
 77‐612‐2610
 Excerpts:
 “Dear
Papa:
 I
was
thrilled
to
hear
that
you
are
being
recognized
for
our
service
to
our
country
in
 WWII.

What
a
great
honor
for
risking
everything
and
exhibiting
bravery
during
the
 war
effort—an
effort
that
had
so
much
to
do
with
the
freedoms
we
enjoy
today.”
 
 “You
have
been
father,
grandfather,
friend‐our
shoulder
to
cry
on‐our
pillar
of
 strength
and
wisdom‐for
these
things
we
truly
love
you.
There
is
one
thing
however
 that
we
forget
to
thank
you
for‐that
is
our
freedom.
Without
this
freedom,
we
 would
be
unable
to
walk
our
dogs
at
night,
listen
to
the
music
of
our
choice,
pray
to
 our
God,
vote
for
the
best
candidate….”
 
 “You
may
not
remember
me,
but
I’m
the
guy
you
caught
in
the
basement
drinking
 beer
with
your
teen
aged
daughter….
“
Although
I
was
just
a
young
man
then,
I
 realize
that
when
you
were
that
age,
you
were
halfway
around
the
world
defending
 our
country.

REMEMBER—MAIL
MUST
ARRIVE
NO
LATER
THAN
6‐2‐2011
in
order
to
 be
included
in
the
infamous
Mail
Call!



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