Permian Honor Flight to Take Off in September 1/21/14
CBS 7 News
January 21, 2014
Emotions were high today as a group unveiled its plans to send 143 of our war veterans to Washington, D.C.
It's a chance to say thank you to those who have risked their lives to keep this country free.
Selected veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam will travel to Washington D.C. to tour their war memorials and remember those who lost their lives in battle.
"I've been hanging around them these last few days and I have been listening to their stories and they're probably stories Iíll never hear from our son," says Denise Garza whose son was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2005.
This year, the honor flight committee feels a sense of urgency to bring as many WWII vets on the trip while they're still with us.
Congressman Mike Connoway says itís important to bring these veterans to the memorials because they may not otherwise be able to make the trip.
One-hundred and forty-three local veterans and their families will be headed to D.C. in September, but only if the honor flight committee can raise close to a quarter million dollars.
"it is my hope and my goal that we raise this money more quickly than any other community in the country. We understand patriotism, we understand freedom and after all we are in one of the most robust economies in the world," says Midland County Judge Mike Bradford.
The Permian Basin Honor Flight Committee will be holding fundraisers in the coming months to bring veterans to monuments, which were built in their honor.
For more information on how to donate visit permianhonorflight.org