Tuscaloosa Rotary looking for veterans to take honor flight to D.C.

Tuscaloosa Rotary looking for veterans to take honor flight to D.C.
Previous Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flights (WBRC)
Previous Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flights (WBRC)

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight is planning its seventh trip to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 11.

Only a few spots remain for World War II and Korean War veterans to travel on this day trip to see the war memorials, at no cost to the veterans.

The trip will leave from Bama Air in Tuscaloosa at approximately 6:30 a.m. and return at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The trip is designed specifically for the veterans, with minimal walking, wheelchairs available and volunteers to help.

In addition to seeing the war memorials, veterans are also honored for their service with words of appreciation from other visitors at the memorials and a special greeting at the airport.

"This is a real opportunity for you to, as a veteran of the Korean War or World War II, to get out and see other veterans from other parts of the country, and see people from all over the country that will come up to thank them," Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight Chairman Jordan Plaster said. "It can be the trip of a lifetime."

Over its previous six flights, Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight has taken approximately 500 veterans to Washington D.C.

The volunteers who accompany the veterans are called "guardians." Guardians pay a fee to travel on the flight, and many are family members of the veterans.

Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight organizers invite the public to Bama Air on the evening of May 11 to welcome home the veterans.

To learn more, contact Jordan Plaster at (205) 759-9534 or james_plasterjr@ml.com.

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