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Veterans Take Honor Flight, Students Write Letters

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CEDAR RAPIDS Veterans received surprise messages from Cedar Rapids area students on their flight back to Iowa. Many students' parents weren't even born when the war began. Yet, every teenager's life would be different if the troops had not succeeded.

"I think future generations should learn about World War II and thank our veterans. Many people, including me and my friends, don't know a lot about World War II," 16-year-old Colton Tonn said.

Each letter from this generation to the greatest generation contains a heartfelt, brief message.

17-year-old Bridget Koenigsfeld wrote, "I live a life of freedom because of the effort you put forth for complete strangers and people like me."

Her classmate, Janira Perez, 16, wrote, "We want you to know that what you did will be remembered."

Students will probably never meet the veteran who opens their letter, but that doesn't diminish the meaning of the messages.

"I want them to know that even if I don't know a lot about what happened, I'm thankful for what they did," Perez said.