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Media reports highlighting Honor Flight Savannah's people and programs.

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WTOC News
July 13, 2012

Time to honor and remember

The Savannah Morning News
May 28, 2012
by Carol Megathlin

"It's better now, but all my life, I would sometimes jump up from the dinner table screaming and run off through the woods."

Joe Alston, the man who spoke these words, was sitting beside me on a stone wall at the Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C. It's where our WW II and Korean War Veterans eat the box lunches that Honor Flight Savannah provides them during a tour of their war memorials.

Joe fought in Korea in the 1950s. The horrors he endured still haunt him, 60 years later.

Read more: Time to honor and remember

Local Veteran Travels to D.C.

The Statesboro Herald
May 27, 2012
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Coral Boatman makes new memories to go along with old

To a man who has spent time in locations around the country, and flown and sailed to parts of the world never seen by most, a weekend bus trip to Washington, D.C. could sound all but remarkable.

But for World War II veteran Coral Boatman, the day-long excursion, coming one week before the country celebrates Memorial Day, was an unforgettable memory adding to a lifetime already full of them.

Boatman, 89, joined approximately 20 other veterans of World War II and the Korean War this past weekend on a trip to the nation's capitl hosted by the non-profit Honor Flight Network (Savannah), which honors America's veterans by giving them an opportunity to celebrate the past, with people who were there.

The retired Air Force mechanic, who spent time serving America in the South Pacific Theater between 1942 and 1945, says the trip to Washinton was an experience like no other.

"The Honor Flight is a wonderful program.  It was a tiring trip, but absolutely wonderful," Boatman said.  "I met some of the nicest people you could ever see or hear about.  It was well worth it."  After embarking from Savannah late in the night, the group of heroes spent virtually all of Saturday touring war memorials and historic sites around Washington.

Boatman says the journey provided one highlight after another.

Read more: Local Veteran Travels to D.C.

Veterans of the Forgotten War Take Flight

The Spirit Newspapers
May 24, 2012
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On May 18th, a ceremony was held for the veterans who would be taking part in the most recent HonorFlight: Savannah trip just prior to their departure. Held at the 165th Airlift Wing, the guardians and HonorFlight volunteers gathered to give thanks for the sacrifices made by the twenty vets in their presence, which included ten from the Second World War and ten from the Korean War. This group traveled by bus and like all those before them, were treated to an ALL expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a firsthand look at the national monument built for and dedicated to them.

Read more: Veterans of the Forgotten War Take Flight

Soldiers of Today Visit With Veterans of Yesterday

The Frontline (The Newspaper of the 3rd Infantry Division)
May 24, 2012
by Spc. Rochelle Krueger
http://www.stewart.army.mil/frontlineonline/archivedFrontline/Frontline05-24-12News.pdf

frontline photoTwenty-one Veterans from WWII, and the Korean Conflict came together May 18 at the 165th Airlift Wing, part of the Air National Guard in Savannah, Ga., to travel to Washington D.C. to view the monuments that were created on behalf of their heroic actions.

The event is called Honor Flight, which exists all around the United States for the sole purpose of providing the opportunity to visit these memorials at no cost to the Veteran. Honor Flight is funded by private and corporate donations they raise each year.

"We make ourselves known in the community by going to various civic organizations," said retired Air Force colonel, Ed Wexler, Vice President of the Board of Directors of Honor Flight. "No donation is too small or too great for our effort."

Read more: Soldiers of Today Visit With Veterans of Yesterday

WSAV News - 5/18/2012

WSAV news coverage of the departure for our May 18, 2012 trip to Washington, D.C.

WTOC News - 5/18/2012

WTOC news coverage of the departure for our May 18, 2012 trip to Washington, D.C.

A Man, A Monument and A Movement

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The Spirit Newspaper - Vol. 12, Issue 11
September 28, 2011
by Ashley Engleford
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What impact can one person have on the world? Some may say not much of one, but that simply isn’t true. Whether good or bad, great or small, rich or poor, an individual can have a huge and lasting impact on the world. Examples include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, and George Pollard.

Maybe you haven’t heard the last name on the above list before but Mr. Pollard is among those individuals who put others before themselves and strove to make the world a better place. Pollard is a country boy with strong morals and values. A member of the Greatest Generation and veteran of WWII, he spoke nothing of his time in the service for the first fifty years that followed the war’s end. However, as he grew older he saw the importance of sharing his experience with younger generations and has since decided to break his silence.

Raised on a farm in Bulloch County, Pollard was drafted in 1942 by the Army at the age of twenty. He said he was expecting to go and was ready when that call came. He was ‘just a plain ole foot soldier’, as he put it, of the 80th Division, also known as the Blue Ridge Mountain Division. Pollard noted that he would have been happy to make a career out the Army had it not been for an injury he later sustained.

Read more: A Man, A Monument and A Movement

WTOC News - 9/9/2011

WTOC covers the departure of Honor Flight Savannah's most recent trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

WTOC News - 7/23/2011

WTOC covers the poker run put on by Honor Flight Savannah at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum in Pooler on July 23, 2011.