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Honor Flight of Oregon to take 23 World War II veterans to DC
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Wednesday April 27, 2016 - 8:21 AM
 
GRANTS PASS - For the 19th time since 2010, Honor Flight of Oregon will be hosting World War II veterans

and veterans from other military services eras as they visit the memorials in Washington DC, April 29 to May 1.

On this trip a group of 23 World War II veterans, six veterans from The Last Frontier Honor Flight in

Fairbanks, Alaska, and their guardians will participate in the trek to the nation's capital.

The all-expenses paid trip for each veteran includes visits to the memorials dedicated to World War II, Korean

War, Vietnam, the U.S. Marine Corps (Iwo Jima), U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy. The group also will visit the

Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.

"These veterans travel at no cost because supporters who have donated funds want to show their appreciation to

our veterans who gave so much to their country to preserve and protect America's freedoms. If Americans

thought it was important enough to build these memorials, Honor Flight wants to ensure the veterans to whom

the memorials are dedicated actually get to visit them," said Gail Yakopatz, the chair of Honor Flight of

Oregon.

"The VA reports that about 600 World War II veterans die each day, so the time to express our thanks to these

brave men and women is quickly running out. The Honor Flight Network nationally is working together to

provide these trips so our veterans are honored and they also can have some personal reflection and closure

about their military service," she added.

Honor Flight of Oregon is one of 130 regional hubs in 44 states participating in the national program honoring

World War II veterans by taking them to Washington, DC to visit their memorials. The Grants Pass based non-

profit organization serves veterans in 10 counties located west of the Cascade Mountains.

Since 2005, approximately 160,000 veterans nationwide have participated in the honor flight program. Honor

Flight of Oregon has escorted 440 veterans to Washington DC and is one of four hubs in the state. Nearly 1,300

veterans have been transported aboard all honor flights from Oregon.

Honor Flight of Oregon is always accepting donations to fund future trips for veterans later this year. More

information can be found at www.honorflightoforegon.org.