Aug 28, 2012

Virtual Honor Flights for WWII Veterans: Are you on Board?

On September 4th, a group of about 60 World War II veterans will leave Columbia, MO headed on a plane to Washington, DC to see their WWII memorial.  But Bud Garnett of Laddonia, MO will not be one of them. At 93, he's too sick to fly.

However thanks to new technology, there's still a way Mr. Garnett and other aging veterans like him can see their memorial with a new endeavor called "Virtual Honor Flight."  It's a special online tour for what Honor Flight calls its "TLCs."  

This is The Last Chance for these American heroes to see their memorial.  The WWII memorial wasn't built until 2004 and sadly, most of its veterans won't live long enough to see it.  That's why we need your help.  Please keep reading.

"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to stand on the curb and clap as they go by."--Will Rogers
On September 4th, the same day Mr. Garnett's fellow veterans will fly to Washington, DC on an Honor Flight, a group of volunteers will bring a Virtual Honor Flight to his house. Veterans United Home Loans in partnership with Central Missouri Honor Flight will offer the first-ever "Virtual Honor Flight" via Google Plus Hangouts.  Using this group video chat room and live streaming technology on You Tube, Mr. Garnett and other aging veterans will get to see their memorial and experience the magic of an Honor Flight from the comfort of their own homes, even if they're too sick to fly.