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Gravely crew to help next Honor Flight

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Two months after coming to town for the commissioning of their Navy destroyer, the crew of the USS Gravely is giving back to our community.

Members of the crew will accompany veterans from southeastern North Carolina on the next honor flight. The flight take 102 World War II vets to Washington, DC, to visit the memorial that stands in their honor.

The vets will not pay for the trip, so Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina is asking for monetary donations of any kind.

"We do not accept any money from World War II veterans," Honor Flight of SENC president Jason McLeod said. "This trip is completely free to them, and that's a great way for the community to reach out and support them. Our greatest support has come from people who want to sponsor a veteran, and that sponsorship level is around $400.

If you'd like to donate, visit http://www.honorflightsenc.org.

The honor flight takes off April 20 from Wilmington International Airport.

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Maybe the City should have

Maybe the City should have used some of the tax dollars they blew on entertaining the crew with BBQ dinners and plaques and other unnecessary junk and used the money for the Honor Flight instead. I imagine the complaints from the public would have been fewer.

Silly

So entertaining active service members isn't as important as sending veterans off on some flight? I'm sure they will check with you next time to make sure all is kosher. Frankly I don't think government money should be used for either, but thats just me.

No, I don't think it is. An

No, I don't think it is. An honor flight is a small payment to vets for their sacrifices. The perks to the boat crew was a waste of taxpayer money. They were already provided with everything they needed at taxpayer expense. I sincerely hope they do check with me next time, and I doubt if anyone gives a flip what you think.