honor flightOWENSBORO, Ky. (6/5/13) – Owensboro residents converged today on the Owensboro Sports Center to “send off” a group of veterans on a journey to Washington, D.C., as a part of Honor Flight International’s Veterans tour of the World War II Memorial on the Mall in remembrance of D-Day.

“We are losing our World War 2 Veterans at a rate of almost 1,000 each day, so we are here to pay honor and tribute where it is deserved,” Sheriff Keith Caine told a crowd gathered outside the Sports Center on Wednesday. “For some of these soldiers, this could literally be their last mission. This sends a message to these men that their sacrifices will be remembered for generations to come.

More than 10 World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam veterans sat in front of the Owensboro Sports Center at the veterans memorial as they prepared to leave on a convoy to Louisville, KY, where they would be flown to Washington D.C. and join hundreds of other American veterans in the tour of the World War II Memorial. U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is scheduled to meet with the Kentucky veterans traveling to Washington, DC as part of the Honor Flight on Thursday, June 6, at noon at the World War II Memorial on the Mall.

“This is a moving experience for our veterans,” Kentucky State Senator Joe Bowen told SurfKY News. “When they come back, they are always so honored, humbled, and excited. This event is getting more explosive every year”

Bowen also said he is applying to be an escort for veterans in September’s Honor Flight.

This trip will be the third out of Owensboro for local veterans on Honor Flight. Honor Flight is an annual event held in the month of June. This year, local veterans will also participate in the September’s Honor Flight.

The group of veterans will return to Owensboro on Friday. A reception at the sports center is planned for 11 a.m. that day to welcome them home.
 
Alex Reid
SurfKY News

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