More South Carolina World War II veterans will have the opportunity to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC thanks to the generosity of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. The next flight will be in the spring on April 11. In a recent interview with Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WLMA, Chairman and President of Honor Flight South Carolina Bill Dukes said the financial support by the Electric Cooperatives of SC was an answer to a prayer.
Dukes said because of the added publicity provided by the efforts of these rural utilities, the number of World War II veterans wanting to make the trip has swelled. He adds that accommodations are now being made for the veterans to be involved with flights that are planned in areas around the state.
That includes a trip that is now being sponsored by Blue Cross, Blue Shield of South Carolina.
Honor Flight South Carolina was founded in 2008. Dukes says with the continued support of organizations, businesses and individuals the program has a simple goal of making sure that all World War II veterans in South Carolina who want to make the trip to Washington, D.C. to see the monument that commemorates their sacrifices will have the opportunity. The flights are free to the veterans. Dukes said the program has persons who volunteer as guardians that accompany the veterans on the trip. Dukes says the sponsorships allows them to recruit more volunteers.
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Anne Eller , WLMA Greenwood contributed to the story.