Grand Junction Remembers Western Slope Honor Flight
Western Slope Honor Flight had the privilege of sending World War II vets from the Valley to Washington DC to visit their memorial. Take a look back at three of the five flights to the World War II Memorial.
The veterans in white t-shirts were those who traveled on the first Western Slope Honor Flight, those in green were on the third flight, while those in blue were in the fifth.
The individuals you see in yellow and red were "Guardians," individuals who paid their own way, to the tune of $950.00, to serve as assistants on the flight. Some Guardians were medical professionals, while others were members of the media, and some were simply those who wanted to give back to the veterans from our greatest generation.
In the photo at top, the gentlemen at far right snapping a photo is Kevin Wodlinger, the founder of Western Slope Honor Flight. Wodlinger, a Vietnam vet, worked start to finish to make this dream a reality. It wasn't until this flight, the fifth, that he was able to join the crew for a trip to Washington DC.
Keep in mind, all five of these flights were funded by private donations from Western Colorado residents and businesses.
This Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to view the video and pay tribute to our World War II veterans.