Public invited to see off WWII veterans

Tue, 05/06/2008 - 3:31pm
By: The Citizen

Honor Flight sending vets on free trip to WWII memorial in D.C.

Next Wednesday, a group of Fayette WWII veterans will embark on a journey to Washington D.C. on an all-expenses-paid day long trip to the World War II memorial.

The trip has been underwritten by donations from the community collected by the non-profit Honor Flight Fayette foundation.

Local residents are invited to take part in the sendoff by lining the streets near the old Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Fayetteville to give the veterans a send-off.

Citizens are asked to bring flags to waive or create their own patriotic banner to display. The veterans will be departing from the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. after a breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A.

Each veteran will travel with a caregiver and a medical crew will be on hand to deal with any potential emergencies. The generation that fought in WWII, were teenagers at the time but now they’re dying off at the rate of about 1,200 per day.

While in the capitol, they will ride in motor coaches to the memorial and be served lunch and provided a place to relax and converse with other veterans. They will also be served dinner before the flight back home. First priority for Honor Flight Fayette is that their every need and comfort will be attended to by the guardians and medical staff.

Honor Flight was recently bestowed a proclamation supporting their efforts recently by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners.

Honor Flight Fayette is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a board of directors to guide the effort and keep it on track. Tax deductible donations may be made in memory or honor of someone, used to pay a veteran's way ($400), or used toward the veteran's flight, ground transportation, meals or shirts to commemorate the occasion.

If you would like to know more about HFF or make a donation, please check or call 770-719-1024.

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