Program for WWII vets has impact

Published 9:55 am Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The bravery of American soldiers carried our nation through World War II, forever leaving a legacy of selflessness and sacrifice that continues to inspire decades later.

That legacy and courage is personified with a variety of monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C. that are meant to show our veterans how important they are to the fabric of this nation.

But many World War II veterans have never had the opportunity to visit the memorial that wasn’t completed until 2004. More than 1,500 WWII vets die each day, meaning many never get the opportunity to see this tribute.

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That is where Honor Flight comes in.

Honor Flight Columbus is a project to help veterans make the trip to see the WWII monument without the worry of cost or physical disabilities that may prevent this otherwise.

They will be given a tour of the World War II Memorial and other landmarks in Washington, D.C. The entire trip is free, funded through donations.

Veterans are provided lunch and dinner and a flight back home.

At some point this program should consider expanding to include our brightest youth to ensure they never forget the sacrifices made.

This entire concept is a tremendous way to say thank you to the heroes still living of the 16 million Americans who served in the war that shaped our history and their future.