Perrysburg veterans raising money for trip

PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) – Seventy-eight World War II veterans and two Korean War veterans will have the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor.

They will be flying out on May 23. The Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio and the Kingston Residence of Perrysburg held a dinner dance event to help raise money for the trip.

The Honor Flight is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to flying America's veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor.

The northwest Ohio organization has taken over 900 veterans from our area to Washington D.C., and with the next flight set for May 23, that will bring the total to over a thousand.

The entire trip is paid for through donations and fundraisers. Kingston Residence has been involved with honor flight for 4 years now - they provide breakfast to the veterans at the Toledo Express Airport any time there is a flight heading out.

Everyone involved says it's always a rewarding experience.

"Some of our residents are WWII veterans and we wanted them to have opportunities to go to see the monuments and then as we got there we got more involved because we're meeting the veterans, we're meeting their friends, we're meeting their families, so it's something we really want to support." Marketing Director Julie Roberts said.

"Well I'd like to say it's more than seeing the memorials. It's having a full day experience with 79 other veterans to see these veterans interact with one another. By mid afternoon they're sharing stories they're swapping phone numbers with each other." Honor Flight board member David Chilson explained.

By midyear honor flight will be taking Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. All the money raised tonight is going to fund the May 23 trip.

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