Countless Volunteers Make Last Honor Flight Possible

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

A lot of giving goes into Honor Flight, the program that gives WWII vets the chance to see their memorial in Washington D.C.

Donations, volunteers, and even cheers are all necessary for each flight.

Donations have poured in over the past couple years to make sure Wiregrass WWII veterans could experience their memorial in our nation's capital.

Patriot Guard Riders have put in countless hours collecting the necessary funds from generous residents.

"We want them to appreciate what they got to see, what was given to them, what they fought for, what they deserve to have..." said Jimmy Shiver, Patriot Guard Rider.

In Washington, you'll find guardians walking hand-in-hand with the veterans, many of them family members.

"I just wish my mother, brother and the rest of the family could be with us," says Guardian George Hinson.

Others might as well be family.

Sherry Douglas works with senior citizens and cooks for T.W. Buford each Friday.

For her, coming along for Honor Flight wasn't a hard decision.

"It's overwhelming, they fought for our freedom and I'm just overwhelmed to be here with them to share this moment," says Douglas.

For Charles Zeigler, he came along because his father didn't live long enough to see it himself.

"It's just something that was in my heart," says Zeigler.

He teamed up with Army Veteran Winston Johnson and they soon discovered they had a lot in common.

"I was hoping to see the area where dad served, Okinawa, Saipan, that area and it just so happened that I paired up with Mr. Johnson and he was in that same place," says Zeigler.

Many of these veterans told me that seeing the memorial itself was amazing, but sharing it with these veterans was awe-inspiring.

"It's wonderful to see all these veterans here where we can honor them and it's their special moment," says Douglas.

Other resident took time to make sure these veterans had a warm and cheerful heroes welcome home.

One Mississippi couple even joined the welcome when the veterans reached Baltimore.

"This is the most touching thing I have seen since I have been here. This is wonderful."

Of course we can't forget those who serve on the Wiregrass Honor Flight Board putting in countless hours planning and arranging these trips.

After joining these brave heroes, I can say first-hand, it's a worthwhile cause.

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