Posted By RichC on May 21, 2010
By the time this posts to the blog, I should be heading to Washington DC assisting about 50 World War II and Korea veterans on a trip to visit to memorials built in their honor. The three day weekend will be a chance for me to listen to them share their thoughts on serving our country … and for me to show my respect by honoring them. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also say how proud I am to be traveling with my father, a veteran of Korea (along with my brother Ron who will also be traveling along as a caregiver).
5/19/2010 8:05:00 AM Sidney Daily News
Ten World War II veterans. Check.
Thirty-four Korean War veterans. Check.
Thirty-one caregivers. Check.
Thirty-four volunteers. Check.
Two bus drivers. Check.
Departure time set. Check.
Mail call. Check.
Travel orders distributed. Check.
All systems are "go" for Friday morning’s departure of 35 World War II and Korean War veterans as they prepare for a visit to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII and Korean War memorials. A send-off dinner was held Tuesday night at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Sidney, so the veterans and their caregivers could meet the volunteers going on the trip. "This is the start of what we hope will be a safe, enjoyable, happy and rewarding time" said Mike Bennett, chairman of the Shelby County Veterans to Washington, D.C., group. "We will be visiting the World War II and Korean War memorials while we are there." "From today on, everyone one of you (veterans and caregivers) are part of our family," said Bennett. Tuesday night was the first time the veterans were able to meet the volunteers who will assist them during their trip.