Thursday, February 28, 2013
1st Call for WWII Veterans to Claim Their No-Cost Seat
Myrtle Beach - Organizers for the Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach Chapter of Honor Flight announce their 6th flight is set for Wednesday, August 28th. WWII veterans are encouraged to claim their no-cost seat for the day trip to Washington, D.C. Honor Flight is a non-profit group escorting WWII veterans to Washington where they visit the WWII Memorial built in their honor on the National Mall. Each Honor Flight originates as a chartered day trip flight from Myrtle Beach International Airport.
Walter Kollet, Chairperson for Honor Flight Myrtle Beach said this week was meaningful for the announcement.
“August 28th will be our 6th Honor Flight from Myrtle Beach”, said Kollet. “Yet February 19th marked the 68th anniversary of the 1945 invasion at Iwo Jima. These surviving WWII veterans deserve this trip…it’s long overdue”, Kollet added. Kollet stated that 90 seats are available just for WWII veterans. The remaining seats are earmarked for Guardian Sponsors, the medical team and Honor Flight staff.
Guardian Sponsors sign up to accompany the veterans, giving assistance and enjoying the day in D.C. together. “Guardians make a $500 donation to Honor Flight Myrtle Beach. They fly with the veterans and help them along. Friendships and great memories are made. It’s a privilege”, said Kollet.
The total cost of each Honor Flight is $60,000 and is paid for entirely by donations and fundraising events. Honor Flight Myrtle Beach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. “Our WWII veterans deserve this trip and the Grand Strand continues to respond with financial support. The “median” age of our WWII veterans is now 92 so time is of the essence to keep going. We’re losing them much too quickly”, Kollet added.
The August 28th day trip will include a 2 hour visit to the WWII Memorial on the National Mall and visits to the Korean, Vietnam, Iwo Jima Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. “WWII veterans and those interested in being a Guardian Sponsor should get with us right away. We expect a full plane”, Kollet concluded.
Honor Flight organizers can be reached at (843)957-8212 or visit their website at www.HonorFlightMyrtleBeach.com for information, flight applications or to make a secure on-line donation