Let’s All Help Send A WWII Veteran To Washington DC On Honor Flight
To the Editor:
On September 11, 2009 Honor Flight Northern Colorado will honor 130 WWII veterans by taking them to Washington, D.C. to see the WWII Memorial. Over 260 veterans from Larimer and Weld counties have already made the trip, including four from the Estes Valley. The September flight will honor eleven WWII veterans from the Estes Valley and five more are on the waiting list for the April, 2010 flight.
It costs $1,000 to send each veteran to D.C., see the WWII Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial. The Honor Flight organization will not accept donations from WWII veterans-they have already given enough. Donations from individuals, service organizations and veterans organizations have helped provide funding, but more is needed. According to Veterans Affairs statistics, these veterans, now in their 80’s and 90’s, are dying at an alarming rate of almost 1,200 each day. Now is the time to honor their sacrifices.
Please make a donation today to honor our “Greatest Generation.” As a result of their sacrifices we are still the strongest, most free and most admired country in the world. A fund has been established at the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County (a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) by Honor Flight Northern Colorado. Your donation is fully tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to: Community Foundation-Honor Flight, 711 8th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631. If you prefer, donations may be made directly to Honor Flight through their web site at www.honorflightnortherncolorado.org., where you may obtain additional information. You may also contact Carey Stevanus or me at Estes Park Good Samaritan Village, 577-7700.
We hope you agree your donation represents a “thank you” for their service to our country during WWII. They never got those years back-almost one-half million never got their lives back.