July 8th was a special day at the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary. Paul Schwartz with Honor Flight presented information about this wonderful organization. Paul is aViet Nam veteran and has a passion for the mission of Honor Flight.

Pictured are Paul Schwartz and three WWII veterans that are Rockwall residents. These are Dave Tolan, Al Lurie and Taylor McClure. All three have participated on an Honor Flight.

If you aren’t familiar with Honor Flight (www.honorflightdfw.org), they are an organization that was established in 2004 and dedicated to our military veterans. Honor Flight volunteers coordinate all-expense paid two day trips for WWII veterans to Washington DC aboard a commercial airline to visit the WWII Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The Marine Corps War Memorial and many others, including a Heroes’ Banquet for the veterans and culminates in a Heroes’ Welcome on return to DFW.

Honor Flight DFW has provided trips for 600 veterans so far with more trips planned. The average age of these veterans is 89 years and they travel with personal guardians that look after their every need. The testimonies of the ones who have been on these trips are simply outstanding and they struggle emotionally for words to describe the joy they received from it. The recognition and appreciation shown to these men and women is overwhelming and so deserved.

If you know a WWII veteran it would be well worth their time to apply for an upcoming Honor Flight. Please visit www.honorflightdfw.org and get more information about this great organization.Image