Grayson RECC and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to sponsor an Honor Flight for World War II, Korean and Vietnam vets
Harlen Scaggs of Greenup and Benjamin Carter of Flatwoods are among the 68 war veterans who will travel from Lexington to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 16, as part of this year’s Honor Flight. Both Scaggs and Carter will travel with the other Kentucky veterans for a one-day tour of war memorials in the nation’s capital.
Scaggs, an 87 year-old Korean War veteran, and Carter an 86 year-old Korean War veteran, will represent Grayson RECC which is sponsoring the all-expenses paid trip for these two veterans. The mission is being coordinated by Winchester-based Honor Flight Kentucky.
“This is the largest group of veterans we’ve ever taken and we’re looking forward to sponsoring these heroes from Kentucky,” said Kim Bush, Manager of Marketing and Member Services. “Our goal is for them to return saying it was one of the best days of their lives.”
The veterans will fly from Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., where they will board three buses for a full day of honors and sightseeing. They will visit war memorials in Washington and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
Volunteers, Roger Kitchen and Phillip Bowling, representing Grayson will accompany the vets as guardians. Many local schools participated in the event by having students write letters or make cards to give to the vets for their “Mail Call” on the flight home.
To further honor this year’s Honor Flight participants, Grayson RECC is helping organize a special welcome for their return. Families, friends and supporters are invited to arrive at Blue Grass Airport by 9 p.m. on Sept. 16 to cheer for and greet the veterans when their flight arrives from Washington. There will be additional parking available at the airport to accommodate the crowd.