Two women veterans of era to be accompanied by other war heroes
Houston, Texas (May 30, 2018) – Honor Flight Network (a non-profit based in Springfield, Ohio) was founded to honor veterans by creating opportunities for disabled, injured, and elderly veterans from World War II to visit their monument in Washington, DC.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Honor Flight Network continues do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of veterans and help heroes travel absolutely free.
Subsequent to the World War II veterans, their efforts will then focus on Korean War and then Vietnam War veterans, honoring them similarly according to their website.
The Houston community has a rare opportunity to receive and welcome returning veterans from Washington, DC who have just visited their World War II Museum.
“This surprise reception always has an incredible impact on these national treasures and attendees,” says Ashley French, Honor Flight Houston Chair, “We are so excited to have our twenty-one mighty men and two mighty women aboard, Ms. Geneva Marnell (Army) and Houstonian and author of “Through the Storm” Eleanor Stampfli (Army). It is really rare to have women veterans on-flight, but we know they will be just like one of the guys and honored just as well.”
Date: June 2, 2018, Saturday
Where: William P. Hobby Airport 7800 Airport Blvd., Houston, Texas 77061 (Google map link)
Time: Reception members 6:45 pm to prepare and coordinate (Delta/Jet Blue Ticketing area)
Reception: The Honor Flight veterans are expected between 7pm and 8pm
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/392084571309542/
Honored Guests: Logan Lester, Miss Texas USA 2018, Honor Flight Passengers: Paul Beight, Jr., Donald Clark, Joseph Colwell, Bob Cook, Del Buono Amerigo, Travis Farris, Raymond Foltz, William Howe, Max Johnson, Billy J. Keener, Geneva Marnell, Charles Mills, Bobby Morgan, George Offenhauser, Sr., Cruz Ortiz, Sr., Thomas Parrish, Jose Rodriguez, James Searcy, Sr., Eleanor Stampfli, Fred Thompson, George Turner, Robert Wiggins and James Young, Jr., Members of the American Legion, and veterans and veterans support groups.
“I am so honored to be a part of Honor Flight Houston. I am afforded all opportunities, including the freedom to be Miss Texas USA because of the sacrifices these brave men and women have given our country,” said Ms. Logan Lester, Miss Texas USA 2018.
The World War II memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004 and was dedicated one month later on May 29. It is located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, and is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To learn more about Honor Flight Houston, please visit: www.HonorFlightHouston.org
Contact: Ashley French, Honor Flight Houston Chair