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Huntington Vets Take Honor Flight to DC
Earl repeatedly asked these veterans if they would ever travel out to visit THEIR memorial. Most felt that eventually, somehow, they would make it to D.C., perhaps with a family member or friend.
As summer turned to fall and then winter, these same veterans returned to the clinic for their follow-up visits. Earl asked if they accomplished their dream of visiting the World War II Memorial. By now, for most of the veterans he asked, reality had settled in; it was clear to most that it simply wasn't financially or physically possible for them to make the journey. Most of these senior heroes were in their 80s and lacked the physical and mental wherewithal to complete a trip on their own. Families and friends also lacked the resources and time to complete the three- to four-day trip to the nation’s capital.
Morse, also a pilot, in December 2004 flew one veteran to D.C. himself. After a second World War II veteran accepted an invitation, Morse spoke to an aero club which outlined a plan to take vets to see the World War II memorial. The first flight had six small planes and 12 veterans. The dream has taken flight across the country. Now, the program has 127 hubs in 41 states.
On Saturday, World War II veterans from Huntington got their turn to fly to see the memorial. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and councilman David Ball stopped by to see them off .
For more about honor vet flights, click: http://www.honorflight.org/about