Our Neighbor: Honor Flight of Dallas

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by CYNTHIA IZAGUIRRE

WFAA-TV

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:23 AM

DALLAS - Our Neighbor is about a group of volunteers who make it possible for World War II veterans to visit some of our country's most sacred memorials.

Honor Flight of Dallas has not forgotten The Greatest Generation - those who grew up in the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in WWII.

During a simple game of dominoes, WWII veterans in Dallas told complex stories of war and survival - the great sacrifices each of these men made for our freedoms.

Webster Tim Hughes Jr. served in the Navy between 1939-1947.

"We not only saved ourselves but we saved the people of the world a dictatorship, either of the Germans or the Japanese. I know that," he said.

Honor Flight of Dallas is a small group on a mighty mission.

The non-profit transports these heroes to Washington D.C for free to visit and reflect at their memorials.

"We're paying a payment on a debt that can never be repaid," said Ronda Ensey.

Arthur Harness was a buffalo soldier during WWII.

A trip to see the WWII memorial was a dream come true.

"It made me feel good that I was still living for one thing. It was an honor to see all of the fallen guys that were recognized," said Harness.

These war heroes all have so many stories to tell - stories of bravery, heroism and service to our country. Going to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. brings back a flood of memories.

Aubrey Stewart entered the Marine Corp in 1944. He called the trip to D.C. "medicinal."

"It's just amazing, the way we were treated by this Group of Honor flight," said Stewart.

Most of these seniors don't have the money or the strength to travel.

But thanks to Honor Flight of Dallas, they're ensured a safe, memorable and rewarding trip.

Honor Flight of Dallas relies entirely on the generosity of North Texans to make these trips possible and they need your help, not only with funds but with volunteers.

If you would like to contribute or be a special guardian for these WWII veterans, e-mail cizzy@wfaa.com.

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