Honor a vet through Honor Flight

Published 10:49 pm Monday, July 7, 2008

Members of the Selma Rotary Club gave a precious gift Monday.

The club donated $1,500 to a group called Honor Flight Network, the River Region Honor Flight.

This donation will send a veteran to see the memorial that represents the war in which he or she fought.

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Most of the vets come from the World War II era. Few of them, if any, have the financial wherewithal or physical strength to take a conventional trip from Alabama to Washington, D.C. to stay and see the memorial dedicated to them eight years ago.

That’s where Honor Flight steps in.

It provides veterans with a free trip to visit their memorial. Volunteer guardians pay their own way and personally escort veterans on the flight, accompany them to the memorials during the day and escort them on the return flight.

The flights, deluxe tour bus service, tee shirts, scooters, wheelchairs, oxygen and meals are free to the veterans.

WWII vets have priority. Next come vets with terminal illnesses, Korean and Vietnam veterans. Then come veterans of all other wars.

It is the believe of Honor Flight that all veterans deserve to visit their memorial.

Giving isn’t limited to service clubs like Rotary. Individuals may help, too. All you have to do is write out a check to Honor Flight/AACF and mail it to Honor Flight, Autauga Area Community Foundation, 434 N. McDonough St., Montgomery, AL 36104.

It doesn’t take but a minute to think about what these veterans have done for us. We should seek to honor them.

The Selma Rotary Club set a good example of selflessness we should follow.