Wiregrass Newsroom: Wiregrass Honor Flight Program coming to Dothan

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - World War II veterans in the Wiregrass will have a chance to visit the memorial built in their honor.

Friday organizers announced the opening of the newest honor flight program in Alabama.

A trip of a life.  Since honor flights began four years ago more than 17,000 veterans have gone to Washington D.C. to see the WWII memorial.

In May of this year you can add 90 Wiregrass veterans to that number.

"I'm looking forward to it and being able to relate to each other and maybe tell a few war stories," said Cody Crawford, a WWII Vet from Abbeville.

Cody Crawford is one of many veterans lining up to be a part of the first Wiregrass Honor Flight.

"I'm real excited about it, but we got to the flights going because there aren't many of us left," said Crawford.

Recent statistics show WWII veterans are dying at a rate of 1,000 a day; many will never see the memorial.

However thanks to honor flight - a program designed to transport veterans free to Washington D.C. more than 1,000 Alabama veterans have made the trip.

Organizers of the Wiregrass hub say this program is their way to give back.

"Our WWII veterans are very special and now the Wiregrass is pulling together to bring these people to D.C. to honor them and what they've done," said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Bedford.

Organizers have set May 9th as their first flight and now are working to raise the necessary funds, almost $60,000.

If you'd like more information about being a part of the Wiregrass Honor Flight call 334-379-0485.