Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

October 27, 2011

HonorAir Knoxville takes 11th trip to D.C.

CROSSVILLE — When the HonorAir Knoxville flight landed in Knoxville the evening of Oct. 5, the organization successfully completed 11 flights, taking over 1,200 East Tennessee World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built to honor their sacrifices. HonorAir Knoxville is a program established and presented by Prestige Cleaners to honor veterans. Covenant Health has been a major sponsor of each of the flights taken to date.

A total of 130 East Tennessee World War II and Korean War veterans traveled on this most recent flight. Scouts from the Smoky Mountain Council were on hand to greet veterans and escort them as they arrived at the airport in the morning. After walking through an Honor Guard from the Knoxville Military Entrance Processing Station, the veterans received a send-off at McGhee Tyson Airport in which Knoxville Mayor Daniel Brown and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett participated.

The group was welcomed home by hundreds of friends, family and HonorAir supporters. Knights Templar from Maryville rendered military honors to the returning veterans. As they walked through red, white and blue balloon arches, veterans were greeted by patriotic music provided by 20 members of UT’s Pride of the Southland Band and the sight of American flags waving.

The one-day, all expense paid trip via a U.S. Airways chartered flight includes tours of the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Marine and Air Force memorials. In addition, the group saw the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Eddie Mannis, president of Prestige Cleaners, is chairman of HonorAir Knoxville. Retired Colonel Joe Sutter, US Air Force, is the flight commander, and Jim Cundall is the flight coordinator. About 39 volunteer escorts flew to assist the veterans.

According to Mannis, “It is an honor for my company to participate in this program. These veterans made a great sacrifice for their country and we are proud to honor this group of special people.”

Sixteen million Americans served in World War II. Now, there are approximately a little more than 1.5 million veterans alive. According to national statistics, we are losing these men and women at a rate of anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 a day. The Korean War is often referred to as the “Forgotten War.” However, more than 36,000 Americans lost their lives in this global conflict. Many veterans of these two wars have never seen the World War II and Korean War Memorials so one of HonorAir Knoxville’s goals is to take as many area veterans as possible on these special flights.

Another HonorAir Knoxville flight is planned for April 18, 2012. However, according to Mannis, future flights will be dependent on the level of funding the program receives from the community.

“Each flight costs about $60,000. Although our major sponsors and Prestige donate substantial amounts of money to the program, we need additional donations to make the flights a reality. Prestige also provides all the administrative support to the program so every dollar raised is applied directly to the cost of the flight,” said Mannis.

HonorAir is a 501 (c)(3) organization so all donations are tax deductible. Anyone wishing to support the program should send checks to HonorAir Knoxville, 7536 Taggart Lane, Knoxville, TN 37938. Donations can also be made via PayPal on the HonorAir website at honorairknoxville.com.

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