Lindale Elementary students, Brookshire’s deliver special “Mail Call”
POSTED: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 3:05pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 7:54pm
Braden Smith is only 10 years old but he knows he is able to wake up each morning and attend school with his friends, play sports and enjoy many freedoms thanks to the heroism of thousands of men and women.
Braden is one of 550 students at Velma Penny Elementary School in Lindale that gave their most heartfelt thanks through handwritten letters to World War II veterans. The letters were delivered during a surprise mail call to 38 east Texas veterans selected by Brookshire’s Grocery Company for the Brookshire’s WWII Heroes Flight.
Brookshire’s flew the veterans to Washington D.C. on May 11-12 to visit the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and other war memorials. Congressman Louie Gohmert was scheduled to meet the veterans and provide a brief tour of the United States Capitol.
“I enjoyed writing the letters to the veterans because they fought for our country to help us be free and to have the rights we have today,” Braden said. “We should always honor the veterans that fought for and died for our country.”
Some students drew patriotic and military-themed pictures on their letters. Each letter was addressed to a specific veteran ranging in age from 82 to 95 years old. The veterans represent many east Texas communities including Jim Russell of Lindale.
The mail call was organized and delivered by Brookshire’s consumer relations coordinator Sam Lanier. Lanier’s daughter attends Velma Penny Elementary School. Lanier accompanied the veterans on the trip to Washington D.C.
“It has been an honor for Velma Penny Elementary School to be chosen to write letters to our veterans in the east Texas area,” Principal Monica Moore said. “It is very important for young students to learn about our history. It is also important they recognize the sacrifices made by others that contributed to our nation’s history.”