LMC Proudly Honors Veterans with Honor Flight
Lexington Medical Center is looking for veterans to embark on upcoming Honor Flight
Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will sponsor an Honor Flight on Wednesday, May 22. This one-day trip to Washington, D.C. is designed to recognize war veterans for their heroic service. The May 22 trip is accepting applications for veterans of World War II and the Korean War. Lexington Medical Center’s Honor Flight is open to any veteran who served in these wars.
“Lexington Medical Center and its board of directors wanted to take the opportunity to highlight one of our most valuable community assets – our service men and women,” said Barbara Willm, Lexington Medical Center’s Vice President of Community Relations. “They have been called our national treasure and we are privileged to honor them.”
Veterans will fly from Columbia Metropolitan Airport at approximately 8:00 a.m. to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C. on a US Airways charter flight. Patriotic fanfare will greet them upon arrival.
In the nation’s capital, the veterans will tour the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial. They will also take a driving tour of Washington D.C. In the afternoon, the veterans will be special guests at Arlington National Cemetery as they observe the Changing of The Guard ceremony at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.
The veterans will return to the airport, fly back to Columbia and land at approximately 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night. They will be greeted by a hero’s welcome featuring patriotic music, family and friends.
The Honor Flight is complimentary to veterans and includes meals and snacks throughout the day. Guardians accompany each veteran on the flight; there is a $500 fee per guardian for the honor of being a caretaker for our nation’s heroes during this memorable day. Medical personnel are also part of the travel group.
Dr. Hank Powell of Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, has served as a physician on twelve Honor Flights. He will also be traveling on May 22. His participation is a personal tribute to his father, a World War II sergeant who served as a tail gunner and a ball turret gunner on B17 aircraft.
“Honor Flight is a great way for South Carolina to honor our veterans with a tremendous public display,” Dr. Powell said. “I am so proud to be a part of the event and proud that Lexington Medical Center is helping to honor these deserving men and women.”
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in the Honor Flight please call (803) 791-2445 or visit www.honorflightsc.com for an application. Members of the public are also encouraged to welcome the veterans home to South Carolina at the airport at 8:00 p.m. on May 22 in the airport terminal.