WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Honor Flight Committee is in the early planning stages of a week-long series of events to ensure that the Oct. 1 Clinton County Honor Flight is memorable for everyone involved.
The initial event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Murphy Theater with a showing of the “Honor Flight Movie.” This Academy Award-nominated documentary commemorates an actual Honor Flight and provides a visual perspective of what Clinton County veterans will be experiencing. The showing will begin at 2 p.m. and will be free to the public as a way of thanking the Clinton County community for their outpouring of support for this project.
The week will culminate at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 in a memorable send-off of the local veterans going on the Honor Flight. This celebration will be held (weather permitting) at the Veterans Memorial at the corner of Walnut and Main streets by the Clinton County Court House. Everyone in the county is invited to join in this event as a way to honor our county’s veterans and say thank you for their service. More details will follow as the plans are finalized.
As an added feature, thanks to a generous donation from Ohio American Legion Charities and Wilmington Veterans Post 49, the Honor Flight participants will board chartered buses at the conclusion of the send-off program for a comfortable ride to a hotel near the Dayton International Airport, where they can get a short night’s rest before departing for their early morning flight to Washington, D.C.
“The committee’s goal is to make this a memorable send-off for this very special group of men and women,” said Paul Butler of Post 49. “In order to make this the event of the year that suitably honors this group of veterans, participation by the entire county will be needed. Please keep the week of September 25th open on your calendars and plan to join this series of special events.”
There are still openings on the Clinton County Honor Flight scheduled for Oct. 1. If you are a Clinton County resident and served in the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, you are eligible for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. All WWII veterans are accepted automatically, then Korean War veterans, followed by the Vietnam veterans. Guardians will be assigned to all participants with special needs. The deadline for applications for the October Honor Flight is Aug. 10.