Thursday, April 7, 2011

War Vets Visit DC Memorials, Thanks to Nonprofit

Triangle Flight of Honor, a North Carolina based nonprofit organization, gave veterans of World War II and other wars a day to remember.  On Wednesday, the group took 100 war veterans to Washington DC to see memorials built in their honor. 

Triangle Flight of Honor was created to sponsor trips like this for veterans at no cost to them, and this year's trip has to be considered a major success in fundraising.  In total, the group raised $56,000 from listeners of the Raleigh radio station WRAL to sponsor the trip this year.  For some of the veterans, like Charles Irving Jr. of Raleigh, this was their first trip to the memorial.  Irving, who fought at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, said he was "overwhelmed" and "speechless" during his visit to the DC National WWII Memorial. 

Two more Flights of Honor are being planned this year; one on April 19th and a second on May 4th.  Read more about the Triangle Flight of Honor DC trip at

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