The Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms announced this week that they will be sponsoring four veterans to go on the next Honor Flight Nevada on September 29th – October 2nd. The Honor Flight program sends World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans to the nation’s capital for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to their own war memorials. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of offering veterans a free trip to see the monuments.
The Blue Star Moms will give $4,000 of the money raised here in our community to send these much deserving veterans to the nation’s capitol.
“To this day most of Europe is free, most of the Pacific is free and America is free,” explains local project coordinator Christine Boyd. “This freedom came at a very high cost.”
Boyd said that this tour is their ‘last hurrah’ – the last time they will be recognized as the conquering victors that collectively and literally saved the world.
Throughout their Honor Flight tour the veterans are thanked, recognized and admired for their service. They come home personally knowing how much their country loves them and respects them. Veterans will never forget this gratitude and adoration. The Blue Star Moms have already sent three local veterans to Washington, now four more will get to experience the trip.
Making the journey this time around will be Marvin Houston of Milford who was a Deck Hand in the Merchant Marines during WWII; Ray Nadeau of Pine Town who served as a Motor Machinist’s Mate in the Navy during WWII; Glen Hail of Susanville who was a Caterpillar Operator and Truck Driver in the Navy (Seabees) during WWII and Bill Knox of Susanville who served as an Aviator Crewmen in the Navy during Vietnam.
Boyd will accompany the veterans as Guardian on this Honor Flight. Guardians have to pay $1,000 out of their own pocket to assist our local veterans along this trip.
The Blue Star Moms would like to thank the great patriots of Susanville and the California Corrections Peace Officers Association for their donations. Also the Grand Sierra Resort for donating free rooms and a dinner for the night before the flight.
If you would like to make a donation to help send more Lassen County veterans on the Honor Flight please send us a check or money order to: Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms 1205 Main Street Susanville, CA 96130. Donations will be earmarked for local veterans to fly out on the Honor Flight Nevada.