Sunday, October 23, 2011
Central Missouri Honor Flight wants you!
Just like Uncle Sam in the old recruiting posters, organizers with Central Missouri Honor Flight are hoping to draw more of the area’s best and brightest to their cause.
Rather than trying to convince young men and women to serve their country, Honor Flight is trying to convince those who already served — members of “The Greatest Generation” as Tom Brokaw has dubbed them — to take advantage of the opportunity the organization offers them to visit the memorial constructed in their honor in Washington D.C.
A non-profit organization, Central Missouri Honor Flight takes World War II, and now Korean War veterans, on 24-hour trips (at no cost to the veteran) to Washington D.C. to visit their memorial and other tourist attractions — including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery — before returning home to a hero’s welcome.
An Honor Flight press release states that, “according to the Veterans Administration, our country loses 1,000 WWII veterans a day — that’s 20 a day in Missouri.” As that population dwindles, Honor Flight officials want to make sure they reach all area veterans to extend the opportunity to make the trip to the World War II Memorial.
“It’s just a universal challenge (for us) to make sure World War II veterans are able to see the memorial,” said Shelley Becker, community relations chair for Central Missouri Honor Flight. “That’s our mission: To safely fly our veterans (to D.C.) and give them the honor and respect they deserve, and the homecoming some of them may not have gotten.”