Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1218 President Tom White, right, presents a ,520 check to Joe Alexander, president of Ozarks Honor Flight, during a welcome home celebration Sept. 21 for returning World War II veterans at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

An area organization is challenging other entities in the region to join it in raising funds for the Ozarks Honor Flight program, which recognizes the efforts of World War II veterans.

Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 1218 recently donated $2,520 to the program, which flies World War II veterans from the Ozarks to the memorial in Washington, D.C.

There are about 500 area World War II veterans on the waiting list to fly from Springfield. The cost is $700 to $1,000, depending on their condition. It is estimated about 850 World War II veterans are dying daily in the country.

The next flight is Oct. 19. The organization urged donations and invited residents to join in welcoming veterans back. The flights leave at about 6 a.m. and return to Springfield at about 10 p.m.

The local group will accept donations during a fly-in/open house 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the chapter hangar at 810 Bryan St., Willow Springs.

To learn more online: See www.eaa1218.org, www.ozarkshonorflight.com or nationally www.honorflight.org

 

 

The local group will accept donations during a fly-in/open house10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the chapter hangar at 810Bryan St., Willow Springs.

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