Last month on the anniversary of D-Day, I had the honor and privilege of accompanying my stepfather, Bennie Dutcher, to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., via the Oklahoma Honor Flights organization. No words can adequately express how moving this experience was for both of us.
About 100 World War II veterans, ages 86 to 96, along with 70 guardians and numerous other volunteers and medical personnel, traveled to the memorial and back in one day, free of charge to the veterans. This organization excelled at assuring that the veterans were honored, appreciated and revered in the manner in which they should have been when the war ended and they got home. The veterans were welcomed and appreciated when they arrived at the airports, monuments and memorials.
There can be no more worthy organization than this one. I encourage you to donate to it (www.oklahomahonorflights.org) so that as many veterans as possible can go see this memorial, which so respectfully honors the Greatest Generation. The Honor Flights program is solely funded by private donations. Hundreds of veterans are on the waiting list; thousands deserve to make this trip while they're still able, as we are losing hundreds of them daily. They're also in need of nurses and physicians to serve as volunteers for the trip. Veterans may contact the Oklahoma Honor Flights organization to be put on the waiting list and a family member may accompany them, at their own expense.
Karen J. Martin, Edmond