Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Honor Flight" Veterans Reunion

From 2010 01 Honor Flight

Honor Flight™ is a network of volunteers established for the express purpose of getting as many WWII veterans as possible to Washington, DC to view the World War II Memorial. Honor Flight™ was originally set up in Ohio in 2004 by Earl Morse. Honor Flight™ of Dallas was established in September 2008 to bring this wonderful effort to the Dallas/Ft Worth/North Texas area, honor the service of the WWII Veterans in this region, and to take as many of them as possible to view THEIR memorial in the nation's capital. Veterans travel absolutely free.

After the jump, more about our local veterans.

Honor Flight™ of Dallas has made two trips to Washington, DC, in June and October, 2009, each with about three dozen WWII veterans from the north Texas area. Those veterans gathered Sunday at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field for a reunion. Several of the veterans are from Richardson. One Richardson veteran was shot in the head during the Battle of the Bulge in Europe. One flew bombing missions over Japan from Tinian, home island for the missions that dropped the atomic bombs. One served in China with the famed Flying Tigers. These men are walking, talking museums all by themselves. The reunion program featured the presentation of the colors by the Junior ROTC of Richardson Berkner High School, who have adopted Honor Flight™ of Dallas and honor the veterans at events like this. Photos from the reunion can be seen here.

Honor Flight™ of Dallas is organizing a third trip for this summer. There already is a long waiting list of veterans wanting to participate. Honor Flight™ of Dallas is raising funds to make this and even more trips possible. Please consider honoring our veterans' service by supporting this program with a donation.