Honor Flight: Some still fighting to see the memorial

Honor Flight: Some still fighting to see the memorial

By Eric Sollman
WAFF 48 News Reporter

Valley World War Two Veterans are still fighting. They're up against the clock. Time's running out for many of them to visit the memorial built in their honor.

An Honor Flight group out of Kansas had their flights postponed.

Not because of interest, but because of funds.

Every soldier has a story.

Like Kenneth Kirby.

The 82-year-old served his country during WW2, but The Honor Flight Trip has given him two new experiences.

"I've never been on a plane before," says Kirby.

And he's never been to our nation's capital.

"Just being there is the main thing so I can say I've been to Washington D.C."

Veterans Vonzo Turner and Sam Roberts also have an interesting story.

"It's been about 35 or 40 years since I've seen him," says Vonzo Turner.

They were able to reunite through honor flight.

"Time will separate us, but time will bring us back together too," adds Turner.

Their stories are endless, but their time is priceless.

"We had no idea how many veterans there were in The Tennessee Valley, we have over 470 that have applied to go, that remain to go," says Joe Fitzgerald, TN Valley Chapter President.

So when you hear stories like Ray Hembree's, whose grandson helped build his memorial.

Or John Debs's whose grandaughter flew in to D.C. to meet him.

You'll understand why words can't describe what this trip means.

You just have to be there.

Hopefully all our remaining veterans will get the chance.

"We've really got to have funds now to pay for next years flights, we really encourage people to make a donation as much as your checkbook will allow and lets get these veterans up there before it's too late," adds Fitzgerald.

If you would like to help a Valley Veteran make a trip of a lifetime, send your donations to:

Honor Flight
P.O. Box 1487 W. Station
Huntsville AL 35807

For more information on how you can help, check out honorflight.net.