Students’ donation overwhelms veterans taking part in “Stars and Stripes Honor Flight”

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MENOMONEE FALLS (WITI) -- A group of fifth graders from Menomonee Falls gave thanks and much more to our veterans on Friday, April 24th.

The students from St. Mary's Parish made a presentation to one Charlie Wakefield. Wakefield is with the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight which flies World War II, Korean War and terminally ill veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their war monuments. The trips are free -- thanks to generous gifts like the one presented by the students.

"On behalf of the 5th grade students of St. Mary's, we would like to present 'Stars and Stripes Honor Flight,' with a check for $2,700," said one student.

The money came from elementary school students who earned it by doing service and odd jobs over the course of six weeks.

"To be awarded $2,700 on the part of a fifth grade classroom is beyond even my wildest imagination," said Wakefield.

Veteran Bob Smith knows what the money and the spirit behind the effort can mean to a former Marine.

"I was amazed by the long, very emotional day. I'm so grateful to St. Mary's, for what they're doing! They're making it possible for more guys to go, and I very much appreciate that," said Smith.