On Flag Day, June 14th, 104 veterans from Ocala and Marion County—men and women who served and fought in the armed forces during World War II—were transported to Washington, D.C., aboard the Ocala Honor Flight. To read the full story, see this month’s issue of Ocala Magazine.
Is there a veteran in your life you’d like to honor? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
Here are a few quick stats about his year’s Honor Flight:
* The inaugural Honor Flight took place in May 2005.
* The first Ocala Honor Flight took place in October 2009.
* Approximately 1,000 World War II-era vets die each day.
* With the Sept. 24, 2007 Honor Flight, the community of Hendersonville and Henderson County, N.C., became the first in the U.S. to fly 100 percent of their World War II veterans to the memorials in Washington, D.C., establishing a worthwhile goal for the Ocala/Marion County community to do the same.
World War II Registry
The World War II Registry is a database of names of Americans who served in the war effort, either in uniform or on the home front. You can search for or enroll individuals in the registry by visiting www.wwiimemorial.com. The website also has more information about the memorial project. In addition, those visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., can use terminals at the site to search the veterans’ database to find a family member or someone they knew.
by John Sotomayor