Representatives from Honor Flight Dayton will be on hand Saturday, June 11 at the Banana Split Festival to answer questions about this all-expenses-paid, once-in-a-lifetime experience for all Clinton County World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, according to a spokesperson for the Wilmington A.M. And Noon Rotary Clubs. The veteran need not have been in combat, but just served during that time.
Rotarians and veterans will have a tent at J. W. Denver Williams Park during the festival, where they will be accepting donations and applications for the Clinton County Honor Flight.
The committee reported that they are almost halfway to their goal of 75 sponsored veterans. A tax-deductible donation of $425 will sponsor one veteran; however, donations of any amount are accepted and appreciated.
The Clinton County Honor Flight will depart for Washington, D.C. from Dayton International Airport. Once in the nation’s capital, the veterans will travel by chartered buses to:
• World War II Memorial
• Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
• Korean War Veterans Memorial
• Navy Memorial
• Vietnam Veterans Memorial
• Lincoln Memorial
• Air Force Memorial
• Arlington National Cemetery, including the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown.
Honor Flight Dayton personnel will act as tour guides, and Guardians (escorts) will be provided for those with special circumstances. Additionally, lunch and snacks will be provided for the group during the day.
We owe so much to our veterans,” said Committee Chairman Jack Powell. “We would not have the freedoms we have today without them.
“This trip, to the memorials dedicated to their service, is the least we can do. It’s our way of saying, ‘Thank you’.”