Its called the Honor Flight, a free trip to our nations capitol for World War II veterans. Its their chance to see the World War II Memorial up close for the first time.
After leaving home sixty-five years ago on planes and ships overseas, more than one hundred veterans are ready to load up on the very special flight.
Southeastern North Carolina Honor Flight President Jason McLeod says, “This is a great opportunity for us to show our thanks and appreciation for what they did 65 years ago.”
Two of those men, Walter Flora and Tom Jones, fondly remember their service. “It was marvelous, the response that people had. Everybody was gung ho to get this war effort made and completed,” said Flora.
“It showed you what war was really like,” said Jones of the Naval Medical Corps. “You weren't actually in the battle, but you saw the results of it - and they weren't very pleasant to see.”
Walter’s service took him in the air – on bombing missions over Germany, “You’re really too occupied to be scared,” said Flora. “You’re concentrating on keeping your crew and plane as safe as possible.”
At Plantation Village, they’re lucky enough to have eleven residents booked for the flight - but a death to one of the flight’s scheduled passengers bring to light that it’s really a race against time.
“Time is of the essence right now and we are losing veterans every day,” says Janey Roth at Plantation Village. She’ll be accompanying the flight as a guardian – in charge of assisting and escorting the veterans on the trip.
The group wants to send two more planes this year. It costs about 400 dollars per veteran to fly them to Washington, but Honor Flight doesn't accept money from veterans. If you'd like to donate to help make the flight possible, or if you know veterans who'd like to fly, you can visit the Honor Flight’s website at: http://www.honorflightsenc.org/index.html