A jam-packed auditorium at Johnston High School Sunday afternoon, and among the hundreds of people in the seats - 63 veterans of World War II. These 63 veterans, ranging in age from 85-100, are looking forward to traveling to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial as part of Operation Gratitude hosted by the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association.
George Farrell, of the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association spoke to the crowd about the upcoming flight; "on this flight, the veterans and the guardians, all of the expenses are picked up by Ocean State Job Lot through a fundraiser that they did."
This is the largest contingent of local veterans that have made this trek, there have been two other previous to the September 28th trip, and this time they will be joined by honor flights carrying Long Island veterans and others from around New England.
The 17-hour day begins at 4:30 in the morning, but as you can tell by the reaction of others. It is sure to be a memorable experience.
The next honor flight is planned for November. If you know a veteran that would like to be involved you can fill out an application at www.R-I-FIRECHIEFS.com.