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Honor Flights For WWII Vets
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

March 25--  We are rapidly losing members of "The Greatest Generation," many of whom fought in World War II and have never visited the memorial in their honor in the nation's capitol.  President Bush dedicated the World War II Memorial in Washington in 2004.

Now there's a South Georgia chapter of the Honor Flight Network in Savannah which arranges all-expense paid trips to D.C. for such veterans.  Larry Spears of Baxley is working on a trip this Summer of Fall.  "They don't want to speak about it and they don't want to ask for recognition, and if it weren't for people in the community, they would go unheralded," he says.

Honor flights has already safely transported thousands of veterans to Washington including disabled vets.  Spears says, "We're trying to get the word out to the community that there are WWII veterans in the community who are deserving of this honor and recognition.  We are asking for people to act as ombudspersons or ambassadors or spokespeople, and once the veterans are located, to assist them with the application process."

The trips are paid for through donations from individuals, civic clubs and churches.  Honor Flights is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Veterans are accompanied on the flights by volunteer "guardians" who pay their own way and are there to provide personal assistance to the veteran they accompany.

If you know a WWII veteran whom you would like to see make this trip, you can download an application from www.honorflight.org.  Send the application to Honor Flight-Savannah, P.O. Box 60176, Savannah, GA 31420.  For more information, call Larry Spears in Baxley, 912-367-9020 or email him at lpspears@atc.cc.


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