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Honor Flight Dayton RV Convoy transports veterans to Washington DC war memorials

Veterans to take Honor Flight Dayton RV Convoy to Washington D.C.
Veterans to take Honor Flight Dayton RV Convoy to Washington D.C.
Honor Flight Dayton

Honor Flight Dayton is looking for WWII and Korean Veterans, men and women, who are interested in traveling to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials, and wish to be part of an RV convoy for a trip leaving Friday August 1, 2014 and returning Sunday August 3, 2014. The trip will leave from Springfield, Ohio for a three day road trip, with transportation provided by private RV owner/drivers at no cost to all eligible veterans. Trips include all transportation to and from Washington, D.C., hotel, meals, tee shirts and disposable cameras and deluxe tour bus into Washington for the tour.

To participate in the Honor Flight RVC program veterans must have served at any time during an applicable conflict:

WWII Veterans who served : Dec. 7, 1941 through Dec. 31, 1946

Korean War Veterans who served: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955

All veterans must be fairly ambulatory and able to stay in a hotel for two nights with minimal assistance. Medical personnel is available, along with guardians for this trip.

The Honor Flight RVC/Recreational Vehicle Convoy program started six years ago with the donation of a 2002 Four Winds motor home from Mae Davis from Indiana. Earl Morse, Honor Flight Founder, came up with the idea of RV's transporting veterans as another venue for getting as many veterans as possible to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. “For those veterans who do not wish to fly, it is a great alternative to the flight,” says Dian Holland, RVC program coordinator for Honor Flight. “It is a wonderful experience for veteran buddies to travel together or for a veteran couple to see their memorial together.”

There are several dedicated RV owner/drivers who volunteer their time, equipment to transport veterans to D.C. from the Dayton area. “Once the drivers go on a trip with the veterans, they are hooked,” said Holland. “Of course, we are always looking for more owner/drivers.” The Honor Flight Convoy Program currently operates out of the Dayton, Ohio area. “We usually have veterans from the Cincinnati area, Dayton, Toledo, Sidney and Columbus, Ohio area” said Holland. “We have also picked up veterans enroute to D.C. from the western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.”

RV owners continue to be recruited for the latest program. Honor Flight Network is asking for the continued support of the RV community in to help expand this program. RV owners traveling to Washington will enjoy meals, a deluxe motor coach ride and tour to all the war memorials in Washington DC on a Saturday. As schedules permit, participants visit the World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Iwo Jima Memorials and Arlington Cemetery. Interested RV owners are encouraged to contact Honor Flight Dayton or email program organizer Dian Holland at dondijohn@msn.com.

Honor Flight is asking for the public’s support to help make the dreams of those remaining veterans come true quickly -- before it’s too late. Honor Flight is funded solely by public donations, veteran service organizations and a growing number of corporate fundraisers. Honor Flight Dayton is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, located at 525 Victory Road, Springfield, Ohio. For more information call (937)322-4448 or visit their Web site at: www.honorflightdayton.org.