Second wave of WWII veterans heads to Washington

Wed, 10/08/2008 - 7:26am
By: John Munford

Honor Flight FALL 2008 v2

Click HERE to view our photo gallery from the event this morning.

The second wave of World War II veterans from Fayette and surrounding counties are on their way to Washington, D.C. this morning for their day-long trip to visit the WWII Memorial.

The veterans and their guardians - who will assist them during the trip - departed after a spirited breakfast at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church that featured music from Peachtree Jazz Edition.

As they boarded the buses, a small crowd that braved the rain cheered the veterans and wished them well on their trip, waving flags and goodbye as they depart on their trip, which is completely free of charge to veterans thanks to donors to Honor Flight Fayette.

The group took off in buses escorted by an escort led by two patriotic motorcycles flying the colors and a host of deputies from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

Citizen staff writer and Fayette County Historian Carolyn Cary attended the maiden voyage of Honor Flight Fayette in May. Click HERE to view her article about the experience.

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Submitted by medicvet on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 1:10pm.

I think it is sad that someone at the ceremony goofed up and flew our flag up-side-down, but I am even more dissapointed that the photographer or the newspaper could not see this and edit it out of the pitures. Instead, we have a picture of it on the front page of the paper. I am so greatful for our vets and I hope we can show them more respect in the future.

Submitted by wheeljc on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 11:51am.

For those who have not had an opportunity to see the 'appreciation' in the eyes of true heroes, you need to plan on attending another 'wave' departing to Washington, DC in mid November. Honor Flight Fayette's president -- Gail Sparrow -- is planning a third 'wave' on November 12. These veterans make us proud to be Americans, and their appreciation of what their community has done for them is extremely uplifting -- especially as we enter the holiday season. Understand that they will be departing from Fayetteville First United Methodist Church EARLY on Wednesday, 12 November -- approximate time -- 6:30 - 6:45 AM. Tell your friends to 'get up early; line Lanier Avenue; and fly the flag!

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 9:36am.

These vets are our pride and joy! As one who has had a wonderful career serving our county, I salute our WWII vets and say have a great time!

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