Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 3, 2014

Always Free Honor Flight seeks interested veterans

PRINCETON — World War II and Korean War veterans who hope to see the national monuments erected in their honor will have another opportunity in May to visit Washington, D.C.

The Always Free Honor Flight provides free trips to the nation’s capitol for veterans who want to see the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials, said Dreama Denver of the Denver Foundation, the program’s sponsor in West Virginia.

Many World War II veterans are in their 90s, and Korean War veterans are often in their early 80s, Denver said. For many, their chance to see the monuments is slipping away.

“That’s why you really want to make sure they know about it and can take this trip if they want to,” Denver said. “This trip is free to the veterans and doesn’t cost them anything, and we serve all the veterans in this part of West Virginia.”

The Always Free Honor Flight’s fifth trip to Washington, D.C., is scheduled in May. So far, only three to four World War II veterans have signed up, and organizers hope more local veterans will take the opportunity.

“We do two of them a year as long as we can raise the money,” Denver said. “We have one in the spring and one in the fall. The first one we took was on June 6, 2012. The last one we took was in July 2013. For this coming trip, we absolutely want World War II and Korean War veterans, but we are open to all veterans.”

The Honor Flight trips leave Princeton early in the morning and return that same evening. Besides visiting the war memorials, the veterans also visit with West Virginia’s representatives in Congress. The veterans eat lunch at the World War II Memorial and eat dinner on the way back to West Virginia, Denver said.

Veterans interested in joining the next trip can call the Little Buddy Radio studio at 304-425-8660 or Honor Flight Coordinator Pam Coulbourne at 304-320-6032.

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