Friday, August 21, 2009

Honor Flight Fayette Prepares for 5th Trip to DC on September 19th

Pictured (l-r): Barb Curasi makes a donation to Honor Flight Fayette while Fred Smith and Allen Smith, HFF board members, look on.

Approximately 70 World War II veterans and their guardians are getting ready for their turn to board an Air Tran jet bound for Washington, D.C. and their World War II memorial, which was completed only a few years ago. The trips have been made possible largely by the generosity of Fayette County’s citizens, whether individually or through various groups.

Honor Flight Fayette, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was started less than 2 years ago. However, this will mark the 5th flight that has gone to D.C., for a total of almost 350 veterans taken. President Gail Sparrow said “Every time we wonder if we will have the funds to make a flight and, even in this economy, people have opened their hearts and given to this cause. If they could only see the veterans’ faces and hear their comments during these trips, they would have tears in their eyes as we often do ourselves. The veterans are so very appreciative and touched, especially when people stop during the day and take the time to thank them for their service”.

With a board of directors to guide the effort and keep it on track, Honor Flight Fayette exists solely to send the veterans of World War II on these one day trips at absolutely no cost to them. No money is accepted from any of these veterans, though many have tried.

Board members, guardians and volunteers consider this project a labor of love, dedication and determination, and they donate their time and talents as often as needed to make these flights a success. In fact, guardians pay their own way just to be of service to veterans during the entire trip and to insure their safety and enjoyment.

If you would like to be part of this most worthwhile service, obtain more information or make a donation, please contact or call 770-719-1024.

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