Tuesday, May 05, 2009

ROTC Cadet Donates Prize to WW II Veterans

A cadet in the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Sandy Creek High made a special donation to the county’s World War II veterans and got a special honor of his own.

Thomas Treat, a junior and third-year AFJROTC cadet, was recently named Georgia’s Outstanding Junior ROTC Cadet for 2008-09 by the Sons of the American Revolution and received a $500 cash prize. Treat decided to take half of the award and donate it to Fayette’s Honor Flight program that flies WW II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorial.

Treat made a presentation of the donation on May 4 shortly before another group of veterans left for their trip to Washington. He says the donation is his way of honoring the men and women of WW II for their sacrifices.

“I want to recognize their service to our country and assist in sending them to see their WW II memorial,” Treat explains.

Honor Flight relies on community donations to fund the flights and other trip expenses such as food and ground transportation. The trip is free for the veterans.

Shortly after announcing his intent to make the donation, Treat was informed that a seat had become available on the May 4 flight and was invited to accompany the veterans on the one-day trip to the memorial.

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