Honor Flight to leave from Wilmington in April

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new program in Wilmington is geared towards helping World War II veterans remember the past by taking them to Washington, DC - free of charge.

According to Honor Flight President Jason McLeod, the 100 veterans will fly to DC April 13 for the inaugural trip.

"Our mission is to send these veterans safely and comfortably to DC on a day trip," said McLeod.

Organizers will charter a US Air flight to the nation's capitol, giving the vets a chance to see memorials and monuments, some for the first time.

"Many WWII veterans did not receive the honor or celebration when they came back from WWII," said McLeod.  "This is a great way for us to step out there and honor these fine service members."

Some veterans said they'd take the trip to see the WWII Memorial.

"If you've never seen that WWII Memorial - it's an excellent chance to get it free of charge, and being dined and wined for the day and then come back," said veteran Ron Skinner.

Visiting the memorial will also give veterans a chance to embrace the past and to never forget those who didn't return from battle.

For more information about the program visit, www.honorflightsenc.org or call (910) 874-VETS (8387).

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