GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – World War II veterans in West Michigan have the chance to take part in the Talons Out Honor Flight this spring.
The group says it is accepting applications for the all-expense-paid trip from Grand Rapids to Washington D.C. that is happening on May 16.
A volunteer with the group says the average age of a flight participant is 88 to 90 years old and time is of the essence to get them to D.C. to see the memorials erected in their honor. Most participants are World War II veterans. There are very few Korean War Veterans, a Talons Out Honor Flight spokesperson said.
“Our mission is imperative… that we have as many flights as we can this year yet so that we can escort as many World War II vets to Washington D.C.,” said Jamey Matheny, a volunteer at Talons Out Honor Flight.
The May flight currently plans to host between 100 and 110 veterans. Applications are being accepted for an additional 50 veterans. Excess applications will be considered for future flights.
The group is also looking for volunteers and donations to help support the trip.