Daughter Reads “Mail Call”
My father wanted to express his gratitude for his recently completed Honor Flight (Oct. 20 – 23, 2014).
My father is 94 years old, legally blind and has very limited hearing. Unfortunately, dementia means it is sometimes difficult for him to have a meaningful conversation with other people. Despite this, I am sure he will remember parts of the trip forever.
My father is a 30 year veteran of the Navy, enlisting the day after Pearl Harbor. His 30 years in the Navy meant that he was frequently at sea and not at home with his family. I grew up understanding that my father had an important job to do for our country, but nevertheless I always missed him immensely.
Since Dad cannot see enough to read, I read all the letters during “Mail Call” to him. He sat very still and did not say a word but as I continued to read the letters a tear rolled down his cheek. It was then that I realized that even though it was difficult for him to express his feelings, the events of this trip had made it past his physical and mental difficulties and had touched his heart.
Thank you again for the opportunity to share this special time with my Dad. I feel blessed to have spent time with so many wonderful people. What a great group!
We will be forever grateful for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful experience. Thank you, again. We appreciate all you did!
Sherry Sweetman, Daughter of Willis Cook