Ozaukee County is indeed fortunate to have a very dedicated and patriotic individual, namely County Supervisor Joe Dean, who has been the driving force in establishing a chapter of the national organization, Honor Flight. Dean is President of the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight organization, formed to offer World War II veterans the opportunity to participate in a one day tour of the recently completed World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The first flight is planned for November 19, 2008 with 113 participants already signed up.
World War II veterans within a radius of 120 miles of the County seat in Port Washington are eligible to participate. With this veteran group dying at a rate exceeding 1000 per day, time is short to honor this "Greatest Generation" by a visit to their Memorial honoring their service and expressing our gratitude.
Eligible veterans participate at no cost, with accompanying spouses, guardians and volunteers paying $500. Flights from Milwaukee land at Dulles International Airport where veterans are bussed to the World War II Memorial where they tour the Memorial at their leisure. After a full day including lunch, they are bussed back to Dulles and returned to Milwaukee – completing a wonderful one day outing.
The cost of each one day flight and tour is $94,000 and must be raised from generous individuals, corporations and organizations within the 120 mile radius area. Donations are tax deductible and there are zero overhead fees as the entire staff are volunteers. Donations to the "Stars & Stripes Honor Flight" can be sent to Ozaukee County Veterans Office, P.O. Box 994, Port Washington, WI 53074-0994.
This is a great opportunity to say "thank you" to all World War II veterans who are still with us, for their service to our country, which changed the course of history and resulted in a freer and better world. Won’t you help make sure the Stars & Stripes Honor Flights get and remain aloft?
More information is available on the Ozaukee County web site www.co.ozaukee.wi.us or from Supervisor Joe Dean at email@example.com and Veteran Service Officer Ken Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.