Statistics show that the US is losing 2,000 World War II veterans a day. The Honor Flight Network organization is making sure that these veterans are honored once more —- by flying survivors to our nation’s capital, free of charge, to see the World War II Memorial there. Another group returned to South Carolina this weekend after taking such an honor flight.
Today’s issue of the Wall Street Journal features photos of South Carolina veterans on the trip to the memorial.
According to the group, top priority is given to America’s most senior heroes – survivors of World War II and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit the memorial from the war in which they served. The program will naturally transition to Korean War, Vietnam War and all other veterans who served, on a chronological basis. In its fourth year, 2008, HFN safely transported 11,137 veterans to see THEIR memorials, at no cost to the veterans. In 2009, the HFN goal is prividing this trip to 25,000.
One Columbia veteran who took the flight this week said on his return that it was one of the most special days of his life.
By the end of the 2009 flying season in November, HFN will have transported more than 42,165 veterans of World War II, Korea and Viet Nam to see the memorials built to honor their suffering and sacrifice to keep this great nation free and a world leader
Wednesday of this week, an group of South Carolina Upstate veterans are scheduled to take the Honor Flight.