The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. Farmers RECC, in conjunction with Kentucky's Touchstone Cooperatives, sponsor an Honor Flight each year.
Charles Geralds of Munfordville will be among the war veterans who will travel to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 27, as part of the 2016 Honor Flight. He will be on the first mission organized by Honor Flight Kentucky, the state’s newest chapter that is based in Winchester. The veterans will complete a one-day tour of war and military memorials erected in their honor in the nation’s capital. The 85-year-old Korean War veteran will represent Farmers RECC, which is sponsoring his all-expense paid trip.
This is the sixth year Farmers RECC and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have sponsored the flight and the first flight in partnership with Honor Flight Kentucky. Forty-eight Kentucky residents who fought in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War are set to make the trip.
Mr. Geralds joined the United States Air Force in 1951 and began working in the Medic Ward in 1952, transporting patients by air, ground and overseas.
The veterans will fly from Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport to Washington, D.C. for a full day of honors and sightseeing. The veterans will see a changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, and veterans will also participate in a wreath-laying service at the tomb. The group will also see memorials dedicated to those who served in the Air Force and Marine Corps in Arlington. Finally, they will visit the World War II and Korean War memorials on the National Mall.
The Honor Flight sponsored by Farmers RECC and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is part of a larger national network that has 130 chapters in 44 states. The inaugural Honor Flight took place in May 2005, when six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio, taking 12 veterans.
Last year alone, more than 20,000 veterans nationally flew to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials, and since the 2005 inception nearly 160,000 veterans have participated in the program.
If you, or a veteran you know, would like to be considered to go on an Honor Flight, please fill out an application on the Honor Flight Kentucky website. If you have any questions, please contact Caralyne Pennington at 270-651-2191 ext. 8305.