SALT LAKE CITY – America’s veterans are honored today for their service and sacrifice, and a program in Utah works year-round to do that. <a href=”http://panoramalandrcd.org/?page_id=1626″ target=”parent”>Panoramaland Honor Flight of Utah</a> started up this summer. Its first flight last month took an airplane full of about 50 veterans to the nation’s capital to see the historic military monuments, and there are plans for many more flights.
Dan Curtis, a volunteer with Honor Flight, said the World War II veterans certainly earned the memorial built in their honor.
“They are so humble, and they came back and they put their uniforms in a closet. For 60 years, they didn’t worry about the closet,” he said, “they worried about building America into the greatest nation on the face of this planet.”
Curtis said the flights cost about $1000 per veteran. Panoramaland Honor Flight of Utah is part of the national “Honor Flight Network.”
Spending time with World War II vets is like being in the company of American history in the flesh, Curtis added.
“We had a female corporal from the Marine Corps that made landings on this flight. We had a guy that survived the Malmedy Massacre in the Battle of the Bulge. We had another hero that was at Pearl Harbor,” he said.
The Honor Flight Network, which is open to all veterans, has helped nearly 100,000 veterans across the country see such sites as the Korean, Vietnam and Iwo Jima memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery.
More information is available at <a href=”http://panoramalandrcd.org/?page_id=1626″ target=”parent”>http:/panoramalandrcd.org</a>.