Friday, April 23, 2010

Honor Flight Fayette Prepares for 6th Trip to Washington DC

Board members, volunteers and guardians are just as excited to be planning this trip to our nation’s capitol, to take World War II veterans to see their memorial, as they were for the first flight 2 years and 420 veterans ago. In fact, this non-profit organization has not waned in their determination to see that as many veterans as possible take this trip.

The project has a sense of urgency since all of the World War II veterans are over 80 years of age and many are in declining health. In fact, we are losing them at the rate of 1,000 per day in this country.

The next trip is planned for May 4th, and everyone is invited and encouraged to give this group a warm send off. They will leave First United Methodist Church in buses around 6:30 a.m. and travel west on Highway 54 to Highway 85 north, taking 314 toward the airport.

The Patriot Guard will lead the buses as combined members of all local law enforcement agencies smooth the way for the buses to the airport. The veterans are always very surprised at those waving flags on the sidewalks, traffic stopping at intersections and police officers saluting them as they pass by in the buses. They usually say they don’t understand what all the fuss is about, but they really do appreciate and enjoy it.

Every measure is taken to insure the veterans’ safety on this excursion. A doctor, 2 nurses and 4 medical personnel are on each flight, and the guardians must attend a training session before they are allowed to accompany a veteran.

If you would like to volunteer, make a donation or obtain further information about this organization, please check or call 770-719-1024.

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