For the last couple of years hundreds of World War II veterans from the coast have traveled to our nation's capital to view the memorial that was built in their honor. These Honor Flights arranged by local citizens, have been a chance to pay tribute to those of the "greatest generation" who gave so much for the rest of us.
Most of these veterans are now in their 80's and 90's and have never received the recognition they so justly deserve. One of the highlights of the trip is when they return to the local airport and hundreds of local residents come out and give them a hero's welcome. To see the smiles and sometime tears on the faces of these veterans as they realize what they mean to the local community is breathtaking.
As a coast community we need to continue to support these Honor Flights so the remaining solders from that era have a chance to visit the memorial in Washington that honors them. So let's not end the program. The Honor Flights should continue for Korean War and Vietnam Veterans.
No doubt South Mississippi has thousands of these veterans who also deserve to be recognized. We hope the Honor Flight Program will expand and continue for many years to come.
That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to email@example.com, or post your comments below.
WLOX-TV General Manager
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