Albert D. Beyer Jr. is expected to receive a warm welcome when he returns home on April 7.
Beyer, a former Marine and a retired disabled veteran, was selected along with other veterans for the Columbus Chapter Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., next month. The all-expenses-paid, one-day trip is designed to honor veterans for their service to their country. While in the nation's capital, the Honor Flight group will visit the World War II, Korean and Vietnam memorials, as well as the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Women's memorials.
Beyer served in the Marine Corps from 1968 to 1978, including a tour in Vietnam between 1968 and 1970. He continues to serve his country, but in a slightly different capacity now. Beyer helps other veterans and families in need by providing holiday care packages, firewood, transportation and other necessities. He also participates in People Helping People, an organization that provides lunch to individuals every day of the year. Beyer personally feeds 60 to 80 homeless veterans and other Mansfield-area residents four times a year.
Beyer currently serves as first vice commander at American Legion Post 535 of Bellville, and is assistant sergeant at arms in Ohio's 5th District.
The community has been invited to welcome Beyer and the other veterans home from their Honor Flight by meeting at 8:45 p.m. on April 7 at the Southwest ticket area at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
Visitors are encouraged to bring thank-you cards to the airport. Cards can also be sent to Beyer before April 7 at:
Veteran Marine Albert D. Beyer Jr.
C/O Mrs. Dayna Beyer
P.O. Box 84
Fredericktown, OH 43019