HonorAir Knoxville flight to include Korean War veterans

HonorAir Knoxville will begin taking applications from East Tennessee Korean War veterans who have never seen the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., which was built to honor their sacrifices.

HonorAir Knoxville is dedicated to flying as many World War II and Korean War veterans as possible free of charge to see the memorials built in their honor. To date, the organization has taken eight flights and a total of 875 World War II veterans on this special trip.

Eddie Mannis, chairman of HonorAir and president of Prestige Cleaners, said, “This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, often referred to as ‘The Forgotten War.’ However, over 36,000 Americans lost their lives in what has been called a global military challenge from the Communist world. We feel it is time to honor those American heroes who made personal sacrifices to ensure freedom for the people of South Korea. Although priority will continue to be given to World War II veterans, we will ensure there are seats available on each upcoming flight for Korean War veterans.”

The next flight is scheduled for April 13, 2011, and will include World War II veterans as well as Korean War veterans. A chartered US Airways flight will depart at approximately 9 a.m. from McGhee Tyson Airport and land at Reagan National Airport. Buses will transport the veterans and escorts to see the World War II Memorial, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the Air Force Memorial, Navy and Marine Memorials and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Box lunches will be served. The flight will arrive back at the airport around 8 p.m.

Veterans interested in taking a trip with HonorAir should call 865-938-7701 or visit www.honorairknoxville.com and download a veteran application. Each flight accommodates l24 veterans. Reservations will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. If the response exceeds the allotted space veterans will be placed on a waiting list for a future flight.

Although Prestige Cleaners is the presenting sponsor and coordinator of the project, and Covenant Health has been a major sponsor for each of the eight flights, the continued success of the program depends on the financial support of the community. Each flight costs approximately $500 per veteran. Prestige pays all administrative costs for the program so every dollar donated is applied directly to the cost of the flight. Checks should be made out to HonorAir Knoxville, a 501 (c) (3) organization and mailed to7536 Taggart Lane, Knoxville TN 37938.

Donations made also be made via PayPal on the HonorAir website All sponsoring individuals and organizations will be listed on the website and in a commemorative book distributed to the participating veterans and volunteers.

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