Honoring dwindling ranks of World War II vets with Honor Flights

By Ed Martin, The Leader Editor
Honoring dwindling ranks of World War II vets with Honor Flights

Anybody who is not familiar with the term Honor Flight, should begin studying up. In the simplest of terms an Honor Flight, in today’s world is an airplane ride to Washington D.C. designed exclusively for World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial.

Honor Flights have now come to the Valley. For several years now, Honor Flights throughout the country have been transporting aged veterans to the Memorial and returning them home.

Sometimes it’s a one day trip, sometimes three days, such as the Central Valley Chapter of Honor Flights. On Wednesday, September 25, local residents and prospective donors met with Honor Flight officials and others to hear about the program and view a documentary entitled naturally, “Honor Flight.”

It was a moving, emotional film about the origins of the Honor Flights and the need to provide free flights to veterans in their 80s and 90s who may not have much time left. Sixteen million Americans served in World War II and about 1,000 of them pass away every day. Here are about two million veterans left.

The Honor Flight Network consists of over 100 independent non-profit hubs across the United States. The Central Valley chapter is currently raising funds to a charter planes that will send Valley veterans to Washington D.C. in commemoration of their sacrifice, and in honor of their service to our country. One hundred percent of all donations go toward funding these flights.

If you’re interested in donating, visit the Central Valley Honor Flight website at: http://www.cvhonorflight.org/

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