Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CMH Welcomes Honor Flight and veteran Al Exner

CMH was proud last night to present to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Organization a check for $13,000 from last fall;s annual Haunted House.  These funds, and an additional $1,500, will make it possible for 29 veterans to make the an Honor Flight.

If we can send 29, each veteran will carry the name of one of the 29 fallen servicemen for whom CMH is to be a living memorial.

Students, parents, and community members met with board members of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight organization.

After a pizza party for all the Haunted House volunteers, the young people looked forward to the opportunity to share the fruits of their great effort.

The Honor Flight representatives expressed sincere appreciation for the gift, and the emphasis that CMH is placing on its legacy as a memorial to servicemen.

As a token of their thanks, the Honor Flight organization donated a copy of the Honor Flight book for the CMH library.

The remainder of the evening's program was dedicated to WWII vet, and CMH past parent, Al Exner, sharing his recollections and lessons from his time as a Navy Corpsman.  The program coincided nicely with the 69th anniversary of the invasion of Iwo Jima in which Al took part.

Dr. Hall concluded the evening with words of thanks to Al, the Honor Flight group, our kids, and Mary McNulty and the many adult volunteers who made the Haunted House, and this event, possible.

Fox 6 news was present and interviewed Mr. Exner and a number of our kids.

A call for help.  If you are will to help close the $1500 gap for sending 29 veterans on the Honor Flight (each to carry the name of one of CMH's honor roll) please contact me directly via email.

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