Honoring heroes

Posted on Oct 26 2017 in LaGrange County REMC

About 85 veterans flew to Washington, D.C., on Honor Flight #25 out of Fort Wayne. Twelve World War II veterans, one Vietnam War veteran and about 72 Korean War veterans gathered for a group photo at the World War II Memorial.

Former LaGrange County REMC member and veteran Ron Harp and his son, Noble County Sheriff Doug Harp, finish up breakfast served by volunteers at the Fort Wayne National Guard base prior to their flight to D.C. Sheriff Harp served as a guardian for his father on the Honor Flight.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The organization, with the help of many individuals and community supporters, makes it possible for our heroes to fly to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service.

Following breakfast at the Fort Wayne National Guard base, veterans and their guardians board the flight that takes them on their journey. In D.C, they visit several memorials including the World War II, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean, Air Force and the Women’s War memorials. Another highlight is Arlington National Cemetery where the group witnesses the changing of the guard along with laying of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Honor Flight participants  are transported back into the Fort Wayne International Airport at roughly 9:30 p.m. where thousands of patriotic “fans” welcome them home and thank the veterans for their service.

LaGrange County REMC recognizes the sacrifice these veterans have made for us and we’re proud to stand behind them.  Honor Flight is a well-deserved tribute to our veterans who bravely defended our country many years ago.

Kevin Dreibelbis, LaGrange County REMC public relations and marketing director, followed the group throughout the day and took photos, including the ones above, for a book each veteran will receive commemorating the day. The books are sponsored by REMCs of northeast Indiana.