WWII Veterans, Once in a Life Time Opportunity

by Danielle Cotterman on September 2, 2011 at 5:05 am

World War Two Survivors are given a once in a life time chance to visit and reflect at their memorial.

Non-profit organization, "Honor Flight" has one goal-to bring American Veterans to Washington DC. The program began in Dayton. Co-Directors Bill and Bobbi Richards adopted the project into the Columbus area and have been flying veterans since 2007.

"It’s an emotional rollercoaster,"said Richards. " There’s tears, there’s laughter, there’s memories, some of these guys saw things, smelled things, heard things that they didn’t want us to know about. This day brings those memories back."

To bring awareness to the project the team gathered with veterans at Armor Source in Hebron. World War Two Veteran and Newark Native Robert Walz served the country for three and a half years. Thanks to Honor Flight, he had the once in a life time opportunity to visit Washington D.C.

"I am so grateful. My heart just thumps," said Walz. "I cried all day long that day, but today my heart is full of joy. It was absolutely tremendous."

The next Honor Flight is scheduled for September 10th. For more information or to make a donation visit honorflightcolumbus.org.