Area veterans take honor flight

Military

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A special wingless flight is carrying honored passengers to the nation’s capital.

For the 19th time since the inaugural Honor Flight on October 24, 2009, Honor Flight Savannah has sponsored 26 more military veterans from the Coastal Empire of Georgia and South Carolina’s Lowcountry on a trip to Washington, D.C. 

The 26 veterans who hit the road brings Honor Flight Savannah’s total number of World War II and Korean and Vietnam War veterans being honored to more than 1,200.

But the most recent all-inclusive trip included one veteran from the Women’s Army Corp. Mary Cascio served in the Vietnam-era and says she’s honored that the word veteran is now recognized as gender-neutral.

“It’s about time, especially with the old guard. With women serving in the old guard up in Washington, D.C., that is, that is amazing,” Casio said. “And with what women do now, well, it took them a long time.”

Honor Flight Savannah is a non-profit organization. Board Member Jim Weiskopt says it’s a privilege to provide these trips for veterans who live in the area.

“It is an absolute honor. I’ve made several trips myself,” Weiskopf said.

The Friday through Sunday, all-inclusive trip for the veterans takes them by chartered bus to see the various war memorials in D.C. built and dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifices in past wars.

Veterans will also view the Changing of Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.

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