To help honor those veterans who served the country honorably during WWII, one flying club based in Fort Myers, FL is donating money to help fly these brave men to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II memorial there.
According to a press release, the Fort Myers Flying Club recently presented a donation in the amount of $1,000 to Honor Flight Southwest Florida. To raise the money, the group held a successful raffle at Page Field Aviation Days. Page Field airport is the home base of the club.
The money raised will be used to help send the vets on the next Honor Flight to the nation’s capital which is scheduled for May, 2015. Through generous donations like this, there will be no cost to the veterans for the trip to see the memorial built in their honor.
“Our heroes, the veterans, are not asking for recognition. It is the position of Honor Flight Southwest Florida that they deserve it. Fort Myers Flying Club is pleased to support a trip for those men and women to see their memorial at no cost—a small token we can give back to those that gave so much.”
Of the over 16 million who served in WWII, roughly 855,000 are still alive. However, it should be noted that approximately 200,000 of these brave souls died last year. As such, it is important for programs like these to take action now.
With close to 10% of the remaining WWII veterans living in Florida, it is fitting that such a program operates there.
More information about Honor Flight or the Fort Myers Flying Club is available online at: www.pchonorflight.org or www.fortmyersflyingclub.com respectively.