Helping war veterans visit the memorial built in their honor

By Gary McNair - bio|email

At this week's New Hanover County Commissioners' meeting a couple of "thirty-somethings" took to the podium and showed that they had a great appreciation of our nation's history.

Jason McLeod and Jeremy Phillips are helping to organize Honor Flights to Washington, DC.  The Honor Flight program flies World War II veterans to see the magnificent World War II Memorial that was built in their honor.

As Jason and Jeremy told the commissioners, next month a hundred World War II veterans from our area, who served in both Europe and the Pacific, will make that trip.  Those 100 men and women, and so many more who have already left us, were part of the "Roll Call of Honor" that can never be forgotten.  When the cause for freedom needed them most, they answered the call.  They fought back tyranny, liberated people, and freed a continent.

Unfortunately, most of these vets are in their 80s and 90s – and time is quickly running short on our ability to say thanks to this group we call the "Greatest Generation."  But a new generation is mobilized, just like their heroes of the past - not to fight, but to fly these veterans to visit the memorial built in their honor.

Both generations need our help – now – to make this happen.  Please consider making a financial donation to help this wonderful group achieve its mission.

For more information about the program or to make a donation visit, or call (910) 874-VETS (8387).

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn – to give I hope.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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