$5K needed for Honor Flight

Published 12:17 am Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thirty-one veterans have signed up for this year’s Covington Regional Honor Flight set for next month.

Emilee Gage of the organization said that 19 guar-dians and five staff me-mbers will also go on the Oct. 4 flight.

Seven World War II veterans have signed up, with all of them being from out of town.

Gage said veterans from Clanton, Anniston, Huntsville and Ozark have signed up.

“We are very excited,” CRHF Chairman Greg White said. “We have several World War II veterans, and some Vietnam and Korean veterans.”

This is the organization’s fifth flight.

Veterans will travel to Atlanta and fly to Reagan National Airport in Washington.

It costs an estimated $500 per veteran for the trip, and organizers are working to raise money for the trip.

Gage said one way the organization is raising funds is by selling prints from LaFelt Brannon, World War II veteran and D-Day solider, who donated one of his famous rooster paintings.

Prints are $20 each, and CRHF chairman Greg White said they hope to sell 200 prints.

White said Friday the organization is a little less than $5,000 short of money needed to fund the trip.

“We have paid most of the bill already,” he said. “We need to pay everything else by Sept. 20.”

White said sells of the prints is going “pretty good.”

To purchase a print or for more information on how to donate, contact White at 222-2907 or Gage at 493-3070.

Those who purchase a print will be placed in the running for the original painting.