Veterans group praises volunteers for aiding Honor Flights
By J.D. Gallop
It was a day that touched Shirley Larson’s soul.
It was October 2015 when the Merritt Island woman, along with others who served in the military, made the nighttime journey to Washington, D.C., for a daylong visit to the memorials honoring the nation’s armed forces.
“You couldn’t go on that flight and not tear up,” said Larson, who joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served as a chaplain’s assistant at Strategic Air Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
She was one of more than a dozen veterans taken by Space Coast Honor Flight, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fly veterans to the nation’s capital to visit the memorials to military services.
Sunday, the organization paid tribute to more than 300 volunteers who work to make the program – and the journeys for Brevard veterans – possible.
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