April 14, 2024

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Gonzales veteran talks Honor Flight

Gonzales veteran talks Honor Flight

By Vandy Van Epps, Gonzales Inquirer

Not lots of men and women get a opportunity to vacation to the nation’s capitol in Washington D.C., but a single blessed veteran from Gonzales did.

Retired Navy and Vietnam Veteran Seaborn Rountree bought likelihood to sign up for other veterans from Vietnam, Korea and Environment War II and flew to Washington D.C with Honor Flight Austin.

The Honor Flight Austin was designed in 2012 with National Honor Flight with 130 hubs about the United States to assist veterans, primarily Environment War II Veterans, to go to their memorials.

Steve Quackerbush, the CEO of Honor Flight Austin, claimed when the Entire world War II memorial was finish, the remaining WWII veterans were interested in viewing it.

“The plan was designed and about 250,000 veterans have participated about the nation and Honor Flight Austin we’ve flown 3000 so much from Central Texas.” Quackerbush mentioned.

Veterans that served prior to Could of 1975 are eligible for the Honor Flight to see the memorials dedicated to them.

The Veterans get to travel to see the Planet War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, the Tomb of the Unidentified Solider, the Marine Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Army Memorial, Navy Memorial, and the FDR Memorial.

“That’s the past end [the FDR Memorial] before we head again to the airport on Saturday. Come home so we are essentially only out of town for about 30 several hours, but we get a whole ton performed in 30 hours.”

Rountree was impressed by the trip and recommends other veterans (prior to 1975) to signal up for an Honor Flight.

“It was a great trip and most people, all veterans, should be in a position to go on it.” Rountree Reported.

Rountree suggests the Austin Honor Flight and he included that they take care the veterans on the flights, and they make certain no one receives loss or misses the bus.

The group is 100 p.c volunteer, and Quakerbush points out how critical it is.

“We volunteer to honor our veterans and genuinely our connect with to action is help us obtain far more veterans to honor with a excursion of a life span.” Quackerbush mentioned. “So right now, to qualify if you provide prior to Might of 1975 any where on the globe. You’re suitable to fly with honor flight.”

Honor Flight Austin serves the adhering to counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, and Williamson.

For a lot more information and facts on wherever to signal up please go to https://honorflightaustin.org/.