“Heart Hugs” is a place for me to share people, organizations, experiences and things that add meaning and joy to my life.
Several months ago I had the privilege of being on a Virgin America Honor Flight from San Francisco to Washington DC with a group of remarkable WWII veterans (one gentleman was celebrating his 90th birthday) and their volunteer companions. Immediately I knew that I wanted to do something to honor these men and women who fought for our freedom. I got in touch with Honor Flight, specifically Ron Lopez who is the head of the Northern California chapter, and told him that I wanted to raise money for them by running the San Francisco Ultra Marathon (52.4 miles). I know that a double marathon will be a huge challenge for my body, but I will be fueled by the inspirational stories of the men and women who gave so much for our country and struggle with the physical and emotional challenges from that service. I want to help get as many of these veterans to Washington DC to visit the memorial that was erected in their honor before they leave this earth. Please help me accomplish this goal.
Helen L. Wong donated $250 to Honor Flight. She wrote:
“In memory of my father, Chuck G. Wong, WWII Army Veteran who served with the 101st Airborne in Europe.”
Arthur Libera donated $250 to Honor Flight. He wrote:
“In tribute to E. Parry Thomas, my father in law who defended American freedom & democracy with his service in WWII during the Battle of the Bulge.”
Here is my crowdrise link: crowdrise.com/honorflightnortherncalifornia/fundraiser/
More about Honor Flight:
Honor flight flies veterans to Washington DC to visit memorials built to honor their service to the nation.
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.
Here is the link to their website: honorflight.org