2014-09-19 / Government / Neighborhood

Honor Flight brings out patriots

Photos and article by Pam Paradowski Clark


SC Patriot Guard Rider, Mark Pierce, his wife, Stacey, and son, Jared Pierce, give their support to participants of Honor Flights and many other Veteran’s Activities. SC Patriot Guard Rider, Mark Pierce, his wife, Stacey, and son, Jared Pierce, give their support to participants of Honor Flights and many other Veteran’s Activities. The S.C. Honor Flight was held Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Several honored Veterans were able to participate in the flight. Also patriotic supporters and volunteers gave a Big Hero’s Welcome on the evening of September 3. For the history and information to participate with the S.C. Honor Flight view their website at www.honorflightsc.com.

According to the website, Honor Flight of South Carolina is a “hub” of the Honor Flight Network and was founded by Bill Dukes in July 2008. Earl Morse in Ohio founded the Honor Flight Network in 2004. The first flight for WWll veterans from South Carolina was in 2007 and organized by the mayor of Simpsonville. There are now four groups in South Carolina that are participating in the Honor Flight program: Columbia, Charleston, Greenville-Spartanburg, and Myrtle Beach.


Members of the Lower Richland Ruritan Club joined the large crowd at Columbia Metropolitan Airport to welcome home members of the September 3rd Honor Flight. (L-r) Lexi Bell, Lee Bell, Casey Clark, and Kaiti Long. Members of the Lower Richland Ruritan Club joined the large crowd at Columbia Metropolitan Airport to welcome home members of the September 3rd Honor Flight. (L-r) Lexi Bell, Lee Bell, Casey Clark, and Kaiti Long. A charter flight takes the WWll Veterans to Washington, D.C., so that they can see and experience their WWll Memorial. They also enjoy a tour of D.C. and visits to the Korean, Vietnam, and Iwo Jima memorials and monuments. The WWll Veterans are also special guest at Arlington Cemetery, and they observe the Changing of The Guard at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. WWll Veterans do not pay for the one-day trip.

Guardians accompany the WWll Veterans on the flights and those wishing to be a guardian pay $500 for the honor of being a caretaker for the WWll Veterans. Medical personnel are also part of the travel group.


Platt Springs United Methodist Church Brownie Troop #279 welcomes the Honor Flight members home with their specially made banner. Front Row: Callie Grace Burgess, Chole March, Madison Hannon, and Hailey Rodriguez. Back Row: Leader Christy Hannon, Jasmine Kennedy, Leader Brandi Rodriguez, and Selena Driggers. Platt Springs United Methodist Church Brownie Troop #279 welcomes the Honor Flight members home with their specially made banner. Front Row: Callie Grace Burgess, Chole March, Madison Hannon, and Hailey Rodriguez. Back Row: Leader Christy Hannon, Jasmine Kennedy, Leader Brandi Rodriguez, and Selena Driggers. The goal of Honor Flight of S.C. is to provide an opportunity for every WWll Veteran in South Carolina who has never had a chance to visit their Memorial an opportunity to do so.



Volunteer Lisa Smarr and Korean Veteran, Freddie Hunter arrive back at the Columbia Airport to a a military band, flag wavers, balloons, Scout troops, Honor Guards, family, friends, and patriotic support. Volunteer Lisa Smarr and Korean Veteran, Freddie Hunter arrive back at the Columbia Airport to a a military band, flag wavers, balloons, Scout troops, Honor Guards, family, friends, and patriotic support.

Irmo High School Jr. ROTC, members, Richard Kinlaw and Elijah Butler stand at attention to show their respect to Honor Flight Veterans as as they return to Columbia from their trip to Washington D.C. Irmo High School Jr. ROTC, members, Richard Kinlaw and Elijah Butler stand at attention to show their respect to Honor Flight Veterans as as they return to Columbia from their trip to Washington D.C.

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