ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Southeast Minnesota Honor Flight Program ensured that 1,032 local veterans got a chance to see the National World War II Memorial in person. From 2007-2010 ten flights brought local WWII veterans to Washington D.C. at no cost to them.
On Wednesday afternoon, a bench in Soldiers Field Park was dedicated to the program and the many people who helped make it a success. One of those people is the man credited with being the spark that made it happen, Ted Adams.
While many of the veterans who took the Honor Flight described the experience as the best day of their lives, Adams says being able to make the ten flights possible, were the best days of his.
“I was glad that I could do it,” Adams says. “We had so many people that helped out, everybody was willing to go farther than 100%.”
The Honor Flight Committee, along with thousands of volunteers raised more than $1.2 million to pay for the flights.
Engraved on the bench is the dates of all ten of the flights, along with a dedication to the committee members and volunteers who made the program possible.