Eighth graders at Jones Middle School in Upper Arlington raised over $3,500 for Honor Flight Columbus.
Shown in the photo from the May 3 check presentation: Mitch Stafford, Honor Flight Columbus volunteer; Nicole Morgan, Jones Middle School teacher; Carolyn Barger, Executive Assistant Director, Honor Flight Columbus
Honor Quilts - Ohio presented each of our Purple Heart Vietnam veterans on the October 22 flight with a beautiful handmade patriotic quilt thanking them for their service to our country.
“I think they’re definitely heroes because without their help to our country, we might not be what we are today,” says 8th grader Katherine Whitt.This flight tonight had veterans who served in WWII, Korea and a few who also served in Vietnam.
“They never really got the welcome home that they deserved then and so now this is the least we can do,” says 8th grader Bella Palmer. The 79 veterans were welcomed back home in a big celebration at Port Columbus International Airport.
“Well it’s overwhelming. Over whelming. Never expected this,” says WWII/Korea Veteran Harold Mullet.
To date Honor Flight Columbus has taken 4,312 veterans to DC to see the memorials erected in their honor.
The Post 239 Riders, Worthington, Ohio, presented 6 portable wheelchairs to Honor Flight Columbus during the April Post meeting.
Chuck Murray (L), Post member and Honor Flight volunteer, accepts them, shaking hands with ALR Treasurer Matt Favret (R). Post Commander David Kelly (blue cap) looks over their shoulders.
Members of the Ohio National Guard donated $2,655 from multiple fundraisers.
Several Guardsmen will serve as Guardians on the May 13 trip. They presented the donation to HFC President Jim Downing and other Board members, Executive Director Bonnie Sparhawk, and Executive Assistant Director Carolyn Barger at the May 4 guardian training session.
Saturday night, May 14, the veterans were welcomed home from their trip to Washington D.C. “They fought for our country and I just wanted to pay them back,” says 8th grader Evan Hannan. Students held fundraisers and asked local businesses for donations in order to send vets on the trip.
Darrell Drone and Brian Meyer presented a check in March for $2,800.
The donation was raised from a June 18, 2016, golf outing they organized at Split Rock Golf Course.
The Ohio Department of the Military Order of the Purple Heart donates $1,000 to Honor Flight Columbus.
Tom Cunningham, the organization's Judge Advocate (second from right) hands the check to Honor Flight Columbus Vice President Roger Dyer. Also participating (from left) are HFC Assistant Executive Director Carolyn Barger, Board Member Cindy Kanwar, and Executive Director Bonnie Sparhawk.
Wade and Cindy Wetzel, representatives for Woodmen Life, have presented our veterans with a 3' x 5' American Flag after each of our Honor Flight trips.
What a wonderful tribute to our honored veterans.
L-R: Kimm Bush, LE Manager and Marketing Director; Randy Rhinehart, Program Director for the Auto Smarts Radio Show; Joe Machado, Honor Flight Columbus Board Member; Ray Joseph, Shooting Range Manager; Dan “Boots” Longenette, Radio Show Host for Auto Smarts Radio; Todd Vance, President of Vance Outdoors Inc.; Regina Vance, Vance HR Department
Vance Outdoors held a fundraiser beginning in April and ending with a live radio show, a classic car cruise-in, and a raffle on June 11.
The activities resulted in donation of $25,089.13, which paid for 50 veterans to take the trip to see their memorials in Washington, DC.
Additional photos below are from the events on June 11.
The JOG (Jobs for Ohio's Graduates) class at C-TEC of Licking County recently donated $1,500 to Honor Flight Columbus. They raised the funds from the Heavy Metal War.