In a few short days, 12 Montereau resident Veterans will take a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C. as a part of the Oklahoma and Arkansas Honor Flight program, which affords veterans an opportunity to visit war memorials in our nation’s capital free of charge.
“No organization has had as many participants on one flight as we have, at least in the past two years,” said Montereau Veterans Committee Chairman and US Navy Veteran, Julius Stevak.
Julius attended the Honor Flight in 2016 and said it was a humbling experience. He remembers most vividly the number of people who were present at each memorial they visited, greeting, cheering, and thanking the Veterans as they approached. He recalls that it took ten minutes or more every time they walked from the bus to the memorial just because of all the hand-shaking and cheering!
This year, Montereau residents participating in the Honor Flight include Bob Bowles, Manny Hinds, Michael Leban, Jerry Herzberg, Paul Moser, Father Jim McGlinchey, Bob Russell, Charles Ingle, Joe Peery, Nick Kerpon, Jim Jordan, and Bob Scott.
They will awake in the middle of the night on October 11 to leave in the wee hours of the morning for Washington, D.C. After a day of sightseeing, they will return late that same day, around 10:00 p.m.
If you would like to participate in a tribute to our Honor Flight Veterans, plan to attend the Send-Off Party on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the ORU Mabee Center. Montereau will be providing bus transportation for residents who wish to attend. Look for more information in your October Voice of Vitality newsletter.
Montereau salutes all of our Veterans and wishes these Honor Flight participants a safe journey!
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