Honor Flight brings out patriots
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.
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.