As we are getting ready to welcome home our residents from Mission 34’s flight, we want to take this time look back at the previous flights amazing journey. On April 24th, five of our Veterans had the opportunity to take flight on a remarkable one day adventure in which they received the honor and gratitude for sacrificing their time and potentially their lives to be part of something for the greater good on Mission 33. The Honor Flight of West Central Florida offers this free opportunity for Veterans in our area, though the organization is national. Their mission is to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. Although the mission goes so much deeper than that. On April 24th, 40 WWII, 28 Korean, 5 Vietnam and 3 Proud Veterans embarked on their final Mission to Washington, D.C. to enjoy a day dedicated to them, traveling to the national monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, Korea Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and WWII Memorial. When leaving, many thought their day was over, but the monuments were just the half of it. On the plane home, each Veteran was given a manila envelope full of letters from friends, family and people across the nation, including our government officials thanking them for their service. Once they landed, they were surprised with hundreds of people, including our own residents from The Fountains, ready to welcome them home from their mission, giving them the welcome home they never received, but always deserved. To Mary Ellen Sheridan, John Hoisington, Ernie Otto, Jack Goldberg and Richard Dawson, congratulations on completing your final mission, thank you for your sacrifice and welcome home!
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