Honor flight date finalized

Published 9:42 pm Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Covington Region Honor Flight (CRHF) hopes to fly approximately 50 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorial on Sat., May 2.

The CRHF is composed of a group of individuals throughout Covington County who created the organization solely to honor local veterans for their service to our nation. CRHF board members are Tonitta Sauls, Greg White, Pam Steele, Dwight Mikel, Robert Williamson and Ashley Eiland.

The WWII Memorial recognizes the service and accomplishments of our veterans and also recognizes the ultimate sacrifice of their friends who never made it home.

The Honor Flight program operates on donations from local organizations and individuals and help is needed to raise enough money to make this flight possible.

“We can never repay our veterans for what they’ve done, but the Honor Flight is simply a small token of our appreciation and admiration for their service,” Sauls said.

“ If you are interested in helping us to thank these selfless “ordinary people who saved the world,” you may send your tax-deductible contribution to: CRHF, c/o Covington County Commission, P.O. Box 188, Andalusia, AL 36420. Several levels of sponsorships are also available.”

Volunteer guardians are also needed. Guardians pay their own way and personally escort the veterans on the aircraft, accompany them to the memorials throughout the day, and then escort them back during the return flight.

If you are a WWII veteran or know a WWII veteran who is interested in applying for a seat on the flight, or if you are interested in serving as a guardian, please contact Sauls at 334-493-3070 or any other CRHF board member.