GFWC Supports Veterans with Honor Flight
April 27, 2017
On Tuesday, April 25, GFWC International President Sheila E. Shea, clubwomen, and staff had the privilege of welcoming veterans on the West Central Florida Honor Flight Mission 29 to the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Meeting with these veterans and welcoming them to D.C. was a humbling experience, but only one component of the Honor Flight program. These veterans have a very busy schedule, leaving Florida early in the morning, visiting memorials in D.C., and then returning home the same day.
Thanks to volunteers like the clubwomen of GFWC Florida, these veterans are sent off and welcomed home in fashion. GFWC Florida is involved in the entire Honor Flight in several ways, one of which is sponsoring soldier guardians who accompany the serviceman or woman for their day in D.C. In addition, clubwomen don their red, white, and blue and wait with signs for the return of the veterans at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to welcome them home and to thank them for their service. A band plays old songs as well as songs for different branches of military service. Clubwomen applaud the veterans and spend time with them to learn about their experiences and what their day in D.C. was like.
“I have had many a WWll serviceman cry on my shoulder and say that it was the best day of his life,” said Carole Weaver, GFWC Florida President.
In addition to sponsoring guardians, GFWC Florida clubwomen support the Honor Flight by writing letters of appreciation for the veterans to read on the flight. The GFWC Fabulous Florida Flamingo Flock Cyber Club wrote so many letters that there are enough for the veterans of the next four flights.
Show your appreciation for our nation’s veterans—visit www.honorflight.org to learn more and consider getting involved with an Honor Flight in your area.
Mary Ellen Brock
A clubwoman for 40 years, GFWC President-Elect Mary Ellen Brock has served as GFWC First Vice President, GFWC New Jersey Legislation/Resolutions Committee member, GFWC New Jersey Past State President’s Club President, and North Jersey Women’s Club Treasurer.
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