World War II veteran Luther Hendricks of American Legion Manuel L. Quezon Post 603 in Vallejo, and Korean War veteran Donald Douma of American Legion Napa Post 113, were two of the 53 combat veterans and guardians who visited Washington, DC on October 12-14.
Carl Stewart, a retired U.S. Navy captain and president/co-founder of the Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation, said, "we are honored to recognize our veterans with a free trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice for our great country."
While Congressman Mike Thompson was helping fight the awful fires in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, his Washington, D.C., staff also welcomed Luther and Donald to Capitol Hill.
They came back at 8 p.m. on Saturday and got a "welcome home" ceremony at San Francisco airport's terminal 2.
Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org) is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
For our American Legion comrades living around Vallejo, Calif., you may also contact Nestor.Aliga@Comcast.net or 707-853-0062 for more information.