De Soto, Wisconsin (WXOW) - On the 71st anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, De Soto students wanted to say a special "thank you" to the local veterans who served the United States.
Veteran Jim Moe said the Honor Flight is one of the greatest "thank you's" he's gotten for his service.
"I, like everybody else on that flight, really appreciate it," Moe said.
De Soto middle and high school students presented Moe with a $3,018 check Friday.
It will be used to send six veterans and their guardians on the honor flight.
The flight flies veterans and their guardians to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor.
This is the second year the De Soto students participated in the Honor Flight fundraiser.
This year, they doubled the amount of money raised.
Moe, a Korean War vet, took the trip in October 2010.
"When the plane comes in, you see a vapor trail behind it. That wasn't a vapor trail from the engines; it was the tears by everybody on that plane," Moe said. "There isn't a soul on those planes that doesn't break down coming back. The fireworks going off, the people in the hanger, the whole works, everything."
De Soto students asked family, friends, even went door to door to raise the money.
Seventh grader Raven Horstman said the effort was well worth it.
"We wouldn't be free now if they didn't fight for us and it's kind of cool."
Admiration is different kind of "thank you." And to Moe, who fought more than 6 decades ago for America's freedoms, is just as appreciative today.
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