Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. I want to thank Rotarian Roger Brunswick for volunteering to serve as the guardian of World War II veteran Gus Smith. As I write this, Roger is boarding a jet in Washington D.C. to return home to south west Florida. Thank you Roger! I also want to thank Rotarians Steven Slachta and Kenny King for volunteering to help coordinate the Honor Flight on behalf of our club with Rotary District 6960.
Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. Now, with over one thousand World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out. Our Rotary Club is proud to have served as a part of Rotary District 6960’s Honor Flight program in 2012.