Lynda Hager dropped by the KSST studios to encourage everyone to give seven of our local military Veterans a “Hopkins County Send-off” on Thursday May 4, 2017 at 11:45 am at the Courthouse steps on Celebration Plaza. Judge Robert Newsome will speak and SSHS Senior Miss Sydnee Hawkins will sing the National Anthem. A large crowd of friends and citizens is invited to be there for the brief send-off ceremony.
The group of Vets will depart for the nation’s capitol on Friday May 5 along with about 40 other Texas Veterans, and will return on Saturday May 6. Going on the 2-day experience are Bernie Beers, Harold Cheatham, Bob Griffin, Kenneth Jenkins, Clayton McGraw, Milus Robinson and Jerry Voss. Of these men, there is one with WWII service, 5 with Korean and one with Vietnam-era service. For the duration of the trip, each Veteran will have a personal attendant as well as a strong medical team traveling with them. Their appreciation experience will include a banquet in their honor, hosted by the Honor Flight Network. If you would like to join volunteer greeters for a “Love Landing” when the group returns to Texas, you may be there to meet Southwest Flight #4476 at Love Field 2nd Level at 9:50pm on Saturday May 6, 2017.
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit network organization created in 2005 to honor and “thank” American Veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit the war memorials. To date, over 1400 Veterans have taken the flight. The trips are paid for by the Honor Flight Network.