Honor Flight is plan­ning 3 more trips to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and it’s look­ing for vet­er­ans

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Honor Flight of the Cen­tral Coast is invit­ing area vet­er­ans of World War II and the Korean War to ap­ply for three-day “Tour of Honor” trips to Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Honor Flight an­nounced in a news re­lease that the all-ex­penses-paid trips are sched­uled for May 6-8 and June 10-12, with a third trip to be an­nounced this fall.

Bear McGill, pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, said in the re­lease that the three-day trips of­fer se­nior vet­er­ans a guided tour of mil­i­tary memo­ri­als and mon­u­ments and other points of in­ter­est in the Dis­trict of Columbia area. Viet­nam vet­er­ans are also in­vited to ap­ply, he said.

More than 270 lo­cal vet­er­ans have made the trip with Honor Flight of the Cen­tral Coast since the lo­cal chap­ter formed in 2014, the or­ga­ni­za­tion says.

“I’ve been on nine of these trips, and ev­ery time I am moved to tears watch­ing once-young sol­diers re­mem­ber­ing their pasts,” McGill said in a news re­lease. “They are fiercely pa­tri­otic, and even with phys­i­cal limita- tions, still in­sist on stand­ing when the Na­tional An­them is played.”

McGill said Honor Flight of the Cen­tral Coast is work­ing to iden­tify any lo­cal WWII and Korean War vet­er­ans who may be in­ter­ested and en­cour­ages friends and fam­ily mem­bers of vet­er­ans in or out­side San Luis Obispo and Santa Bar­bara coun­ties to con­tact Honor Flight to learn more.

“We are fight­ing the clock on our ag­ing vets,” he said.

Ac­com­mo­da­tions will be made for vet­er­ans need­ing wheel­chairs, walk­ers, oxy­gen and other sup­port. A med­i­cal pro­fes­sional also trav­els with the group, and ev­ery vet­eran is ac­com­pa­nied by a guardian, usu­ally a fam­ily mem­ber, who pays his or her own way.

Honor Flight of the Cen­tral Coast is led by a group of vol­un­teers who must raise $100,000 each year to make the trips free to vet­eran at­ten­dees.

To in­quire about fu­ture trips, please con­tact [email protected]­or­flightccc.org. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able online at www.hon­or­flightccc.org.

TOM MEINHOLD

Honor Flight of the Cen­tral Coast is look­ing for lo­cal World War II and Korean War vet­er­ans to par­tic­i­pate in its free, three-day trips to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

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