Franklin County Honor Flight at Memorial
Another group of military veterans from this area visited the war memorials in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. It was another trip organized and paid for by Franklin County Honor Flight, Inc.
As is evident, many of the veterans were in wheelchairs. This photo was taken at the World War II memorial. The group, with their guardians, visited all the memorials on their schedule except the Iwo Jima monument where the street was barricaded.
The Franklin County Honor Flight had veterans from nearby counties in its group. After National Park Service employees were furloughed, there was an attempt to close the memorials Tuesday, but veterans and their escorts went around barricades to view the memorials. There was no attempt Wednesday to block the entrance to the majority of memorials.
Franklin County Honor Flight had an earlier flight this year in April. The next one tentatively is scheduled for April 2014.
The number of World War II veterans making the trip is decreasing, and the number of Korean War veterans is increasing. Submitted Photo.
Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013 6:00 pm
Vietnam veteran Jack Poitras had his mind made up. Government shutdown or not, he would visit the Vietnam memorial in Washington, D.C., on his Franklin County Honor Flight trip this past Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Many area veterans felt the same way. It is their right to visit the memorials built in their honor, and they agreed that they would “fight” for that honor, they said.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013 6:00 pm.