By Dustin Ensinger
Aging veterans of World War II will get a chance to visit the Washington, D.C. memorial dedicated to their sacrifices thanks to the partnership of two local organizations.
Local motorcycle club Satin and Steel and Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) #376 in Delaware recently teamed up to donate more than $10,000 to Honor Flights, an organization that flies aging World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. at no charge.
“It’s just a good cause for the men and women that served the country and put their lives on the line,” said FOE member Thad Jordan.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 640 World War II vets die each day. Through 2012 the organization transported more than 98,500 veterans to visit the memorial.
In recent years, the organization has begun to provide Honor Flights, which usually conclude with a heroes welcome at the airport upon returning home, to veterans of the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
In recent years, the local FOE has donated more than $35,000 to the organization, according to Secretary Michael Williams.
“It’s just a worthwhile charity that we took under our wings,” he said.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.