Students to present check for veterans Honor Flight

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The Palmetto High School Air Force JROTC and the Palmetto High Student Council will present a check for $6,000 to Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina Wednesday, February 22 at Palmetto High School. Students at Palmetto High School and Cedar Grove Elementary supported the fundraiser for the upcoming spring Honor Flight that will depart from Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport.

Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that is dedicated to honoring our World War II veterans and the many sacrifices they have made to keep our nation safe and our people free. Veterans, who have never had the opportunity to see the memorials due to physical or financial limitations, are invited to apply for upcoming flights. There is no cost to the veteran to participate in this worthwhile program. It is extremely important to extend this opportunity in a timely manner to all interested veterans as they range in age from the 80’s to over 100 years old, and are dying at a rate of over 1000 daily throughout our country.

Many volunteers from the Upstate have joined forces with numerous organizations and businesses to make these trips possible. In addition, the following elected officials are supporting the efforts to take every Upstate World War II veteran on an Honor Flight: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper, Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis, Pickens County Sheriff C. David Stone, and Oconee Sheriff James Singleton. Major corporate sponsors include Lockheed, Verizon Wireless and Spinx.

Time has never been shorter for the country to say thank you to WWII veterans. Funding is still needed to make the trip possible for another group of WWII veterans this spring.

Eighty veterans travel on each trip which in total costs $50,000. Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina is operated completely by volunteers, and 100% of donations go directly to the costs associated with taking veterans on this experience of a lifetime.

For more information on how to get involved, make a donation or apply as a guardian or veteran, visit www.honorflightupstatesc.com.