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WWII vets ready for Honor Flight

Local men head to DC this weekend to visit memorial

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POSTED: September 9, 2011 8:00 a.m.
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World War II veterans Matthew Suddath, left, Glen Lindgren, R. L. Dixon and Olin Wright will travel by bus today to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II memorial and others courtesy of Honor Flight Savannah. (Crissie Elrick)

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Four World War II veterans from Richmond Hill are getting a one of a kind opportunity this weekend as they travel with other veterans from the region to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.
Courtesy of Honor Flight Savannah, Matthew Suddath, Olin Wright, Glen Lindgren and Eugene Hyatt of Richmond Hill, along with 34 other veterans, will board a bus today in Savannah and head north in order to see the World War II Memorial among others. Veterans will also take a driving tour of Arlington National Cemetery and experience the “changing of the guard” ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
All four gentlemen are first time travelers with Honor Flight Savannah, and are very excited for the trip.
“I’m really interested in seeing the World War II Memorial,” Suddath said. “I’m also interested in seeing the Korean War Memorial with the soldiers walking through acres of rice patties because I can associate with that.”
Veterans travel to Washington D.C. cost free, Honor Flight Savannah board member and Army Reserve Ambassador Lou Carreras said, and added that veterans also receive complimentary t-shirts, food and travel packet.
Carreras said Honor Flight Savannah is able to provide a free trip for veterans through various donations. Carreras said some organizations have hosted bake sales to raise money, and that a Vietnam motorcycle group out of Savannah hosted a poker run that raised over $3,000 for the trip.
Priority is given to World War II veterans, and those who are terminally ill. Carreras said it gives the veterans one last chance to have camaraderie with other veterans.

Read more in the Sept. 7 edition of the News

 

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