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Honor Flight Veterans Leave for Washington D.C.

Don McDonald arrives at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas Thursday morning.
Don McDonald arrives at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas Thursday morning.


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Three of Susanville’s most treasured citizens took off on an adventure this week, headed for Washington D.C. to see museums, national monuments and most importantly the war memorials with their own names set in stone. These three veterans, Don McDonald, Marvin Houston and Don Stampfli, are making the trip this week thanks to contributions from the community and the hard work of Christine Boyd and the local Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms.

“To this day most of Europe is free, most of the Pacific is free and America is free,” explained Boyd. “This freedom came at a very high cost… They will be recognized as the conquering victors that collectively and literally saved the world.”

Boyd and the Blue Star Moms raffled off prizes and held fundraisers to finance the journey.

vetsbigThroughout their cross-country adventure these veterans are being thanked, recognized and admired for their service.

Don McDonald, who lives in Lake Forest and was a Naval Corpsman during World War II, thanked the community for making the trip possible for he and his friends in a short video.

McDonald will be joined by Milford resident Marvin Houston who served as a deck hand in the Merchant Marines during WWII and Don Stampfli, a Korean War Army Communications Man who lives in Janesville.

What a wonderful job Mrs. Boyd and the Blue Star Moms have done making this Honor Flight possible, and what a wonderful thing this community did by contributing enough to send three very special people on a journey to find out just how important they are to all of us.

Be a Part of Welcoming Our Veterans Home

The Blue Star Moms are inviting everyone to welcome home our Lassen County Veterans on Sunday, April 19th, at 3:00p.m. at the Reno-Tahoe Airport.  There will be 35 Veterans total coming off this Honor Flight.  The majority will be from WWII and Korean. You are welcome to bring flags, signs and children for this welcome home.

To find out more about the Honor Flight you can follow this link over to the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms on Facebook.

After a brief delay caused by mechanical troubles the Honor Flight veterans are again in the air, headed to Washington DC. -photo by Christine Boyd
After a brief delay caused by mechanical troubles the Honor Flight veterans are again in the air, headed to Washington DC. -photo by Christine Boyd
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