Honor Flights recognize service of WWII vets
Sun, 05/18/2014 - 12:35pm Sanmarcos1
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Although it is called “Honor Flight Austin,” this dedicated service organization currently serves greater Central Texas, including Hays/Caldwell County and Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, and Williamson counties.
In May, my Deputy Director Lee Ann Calaway accompanied her grandfather on a particularly touching journey from Austin to the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight Austin. Mr. D.D. Hill, a Pearl Harbor Survivor and WWII veteran, was able to join fellow WWII veterans in visiting the memorial in what Lee Ann describes as “truly one of the happiest days of her life.”
The sun shone as brightly as the spirits of all those participating.
I commend Honor Flight Austin for giving our veterans, our heroes, an opportunity to experience what many have said to be “a trip of a lifetime.” It is important that our WWII veterans have a chance to participate in one of the upcoming Honor Flight trips to Washington, D.C. It is one way to show our “Greatest Generation” the gratitude they so rightfully deserve.
Honor Flight Austin has a crucial and time sensitive mission to transport WWII Veterans with a specific priority given to those residing within or around the 14 counties to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices and return them home to their families and loved ones.
Based on recently-released 2011 statistics, we are losing World War II veterans at the rate of approximately 900 per day. Honor Flight Austin will continue do what it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and help our heroes travel absolutely free to visit their Memorial.
Since their inception in 2011, they have raised enough funds to fly 505 WWII veterans to see the memorial that was built in their honor. The Veterans who participate in one of the honor flights continue to talk about their experience as a memory they will never forget. Many stay invested in Honor Flight Austin by helping recruit more veterans and help support and raise awareness. Their goal is to take every willing and able World War II Veterans living in our area to Washington to see and experience their memorial.