If all goes according to schedule, 30 World War II veterans will get a special send-off during a 45-minute program at 8:15 this morning at Jackson High School. The 30 veterans are part of the latest Honor Tour, an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial and other sights in the nation's capital.
This trip, and others like it, have been made possible by Honor Tour founder Rob Callahan of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and many individuals who have raised funds and organized the trips.
The average age of World War II veterans is 83. These veterans have waited 60 years for a memorial honoring their service. For them, the trip is one of pride and is filled with emotion.
If you see the tour bus carrying the veterans and its vanguard of motorcycles and law-enforcement and military vehicles, take a few seconds to acknowledge them with a friendly wave.
And if you would like to help send the next group of veterans on an Honor Tour in June -- provided $20,000 can be raised by the end of May -- please send your donations to: Stoddard County Development Foundation, P.O. Box 625, Bloomfield, MO 63825.
Thanks for your support. And thanks, veterans.