Honor Flight headed to D.C. Saturday

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More than 60 U.S. veterans will take their Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., this Saturday.

Honor Flight Kentucky board member George Campbell said this week’s flight, the fourth since the chapter was formed in late 2015, will include 21 veterans from World War II, 36 from Korea and 12 from Vietnam.

For veterans, the flight is an all-expenses paid one-day trip to the nation’s capital to see the war memorials, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the 9/11 memorial. Each veteran is accompanied by a guardian, who will be with them throughout the day.

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This flight is sponsored by Touchstone Energy, and its cooperatives each sponsored two veterans and two guardians for the trip, Campbell said. In all, 36 different counties will be represented on Saturday’s flight, he said.

“Each of those co-ops cover a number of different counties,” he said. “Most every county in central, eastern and southeastern Kentucky has someone going.”

Winchester resident and Korea-era veteran Boyd H. Tipton will be the only Clark County veteran on this flight.

The veterans’ stories are as diverse as the group itself. Among this year’s group are three Bronze Star winners, one Air Medal winner and one Purple Heart.

“Three of these men took part in the Battle of the Philippines with General MacArthur and one of these spent 27 months in a Chinese prison camp,” he said. “Each one has a story and it is amazing to sit and listen to them.”

The veterans and their guardians will have a full day. They are scheduled to arrive at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington at 5:30 a.m. for registration and breakfast before their 7:30 a.m. departure. They are scheduled to arrive at Washington Reagan Airport a little before 9 a.m. to begin their tour of the Air Force Memorial, the Pentagon 9/11 memorial, the Women’s Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where they will place a wreath.

The rest of the day includes stops at the World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Lincoln memorials before returning to the airport for the flight home.

The flight is scheduled to arrive in Lexington around 9 p.m. and the public is invited to welcome them home,. Airport parking will be paid for and there will be shuttles to the airport terminal.

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Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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