WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed June 6, 2012
Kentucky WWII Vets Mark D-Day Anniversary With Special Trip
Wednesday is the 68th anniversary of D-day, invasion of Normandy during World War Two. A non-profit is giving veterans the gift of seeing the World War Two Memorial in the nation's capitol. Honor Flight is flying 30 veterans from Kentucky to spend the day in Washington, D.C. Captain Brian Duffy is president of the Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter, which has made 18 flights over the past two and a half years.
"They'll tell you they were simply doing their job, that they're nobody special, they're not heroes, but they are very, very appreciative. We hear more from family members after the vets get back. They'll tell you that Uncle Joe hasn't stopped talking about the trip," says Duffy.
Duffy says the goal of Honor Flight is to take as many veterans to the memorial as possible and as fast as possible.
"The average age now of a World War Two vet is 88. Sadly, we're losing them at a rate of about 1,500 a day. If you do the math, that's about one a minute, so time is not our friend," replies Duffy.
Other stops in D.C. will include the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Iwo Jima Monument, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The day-long trip is free to the veterans and this particular flight is sponsored by Ford Motor Company.