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September Yields Another Successful Honor Flight

Larry Elliott, of Glencoe, was among the 69 Honor Flight participants who received an enthusiastic welcome on Saturday evening, September 22, at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport. Elliott, a veteran of the Vietnam War, served our country as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.

The Kentucky Touchstone Energy Honor Flight is an all-expense paid trip for veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War that takes them on a one-day trip to Washington DC to visit memorial erected to honor their service and sacrifices.

Following an early-morning flight from Lexington, the group was greeted at Reagan Washington National Airport by a cheering crowd and a US Military Academy chorus serenading them with patriotic songs. A police escort then guided the group's buses to stops that included the Air Force Memorial, Women in Military Service for America Memorial and the Marine Corps War Memorial.

At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, the group watched the changing of the guard and participated in the wreath-laying ceremony. The Honor Flight participants also visited memorials dedicated to the veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars. Throughout the day, the veterans were greeted with smiles, photo requests, and thanks for their service.

A homecoming reception, which Owen Electric helped coordinate, capped off the jam-packed day of activities. Led by a bagpipe band, returning veterans paraded through the Lexington airport terminal as family and friends clapped and shouted welcomes, waved flags and shook hands to welcome their heroes.

Several veterans said the trip was one of the best days of their lives.

This was the eighth Honor Flight sponsored by Owen Electric Cooperative and Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. This mission was coordinated by Winchester-based Honor Flight Kentucky.

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