As a member of the U.S. Airforce, Robert Lewis proudly served our great country during the Korean War. Little did he know then, that several years later he would be honored for his duties with a special flight to our nation’s capital to visit the monuments that have been erected to stand as a stark reminder to all those who served along with him, and those who paid the ultimate price to keep America safe.
From Portland Oregon to Washington D.C. and back, the group of World War II and Korean War Veterans took part in an Honor Flight to give these men the chance to see these monuments in person.
South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, headquartered in Springfield, is currently registered and is a proud member of the Honor Flight Network. South Willamette Valley Honor Flight is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization and all donations made are tax deductible.
The organization is comprised of volunteers who believe in the mission of the Honor Flight Network. The Operations Board and volunteers receive no compensation for their work with South Willamette Valley Honor Flight. They donate their time and efforts because they believe in America and appreciate the service and sacrifice of our Veterans.
Mike Pungercar of Springfield is the Director of South Willamette Valley Oregon Honor Flight and he says "I've heard stories, things they've carried for 70 years and have never been able to open up and share about before, and in the comradery and in the presence of fellow World War II veterans and in particular being at the World War II Memorial, I'm finding from family members that a lot of veterans will open up for the first time in their life."
Like Robert Lewis and fellow Churchill Estates resident and Honor Flight traveler Donald Washburn, if you know of a World War II or Korean War era vet that would be interested in an Honor Flight, find more information on the web at http://swvhonorflight.org