World War II and Korean War Vets sought for historical flight to D.C.
By Robin Scott
The 2nd annual Texas Panhandle Honor Flight is scheduled for October 7-9, 2009. World War II and Korea War Veterans are invited to travel to Washington, D.C. on an all expenses paid visit to the nation’s Capitol. The three day/two night trip includes visiting the War Memorials honoring service members.
American Airlines “Flagship Liberty,” a 737 aircraft, has the honor of flying the Vets and guardian volunteers from Amarillo direct to Washington Reagan Airport, Washington, DC. Highlights for the trip will include visits and wreath presentations at each of the War Memorials including the World War II Memorial, Korea Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. A special wreath ceremony is planned to honor the casualties from the Global War on Terrorism at Arlington Cemetery. Each veteran will be given an opportunity to participate in a wreath laying ceremony.
The trip’s itinerary includes tours at the Pentagon, the nation’s Capitol and Walter Reed Hospital. Elected officials from the state of Texas are also invited to attend special dinner functions that will honor Veterans.
The Texas panhandle is home to an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 brave men and women who participated in World War II and the Korean War. America Supports You Texas is a non-profit organization that is coordinating the event. The panhandle effort will focus on WWII Veterans, Korean Veterans and those Veterans from any other war that suffer from a terminal illness.