02 April 2008


Volunteer Fayette County medical personnel have been meeting with Honor Flight Fayette President Gail Sparrow and nurses Linda Payne and Nancy Romans in preparation for the much anticipated May 14th flight to Washington D.C. with 70 World War II veterans aboard. In fact, so many emergency medical technicians and paramedics signed up for the trip that there is a waiting list for future flights. There is also a doctor who will be traveling with the group.

Members of the non-profit organization, Honor Flight Fayette, are volunteers whose sole purpose is to say a tangible "thank you" to the veterans of WWII who have made so many of our freedoms today possible. The one day trip is free to the veterans and will include air fare, meals, ground transportation and commemorative gifts. Accompanying them, in addition to the medical personnel, will be guardians who will pay their own way to spend their time assisting the veterans with any help they may need during the trip.

The World War II Memorial was not completed until 59 years after the war ended and the "youngest" veteran of that war is now 79 years of age. Because we are sadly losing these men and women at the rate of 1,200 or more per day it is obvious that time is of the essence for us to show our gratitude and ask ourselves, "at what cost did they secure my freedom and how can I repay them"?

Honor Flight Fayette is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a dedicated board of directors to guide the effort. Donations may be made in honor or memory of someone, used to pay a veterans way ($400) or used toward their meals, etc. If you would like to know how you can help in this most worthwhile cause, please check honorflightfayette.org or call 770-719-1024

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