Washington rolls out red carpet for North Texas WWII veterans
Nearly three dozen World War II veterans from North Texas took a uesday to visit d and paid for by Honor Flight of Ellis County, which is a local branch of the national charity organization.
Honor Flight has brought thousands of veterans to the WWII Memorial over the past three years, but this is the first time a group from Texas has made the trip.
U.S. Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) was one of several dozen people to greet the veterans from Ellis County as they arrived at the airport in Washington, D.C. Congressman Barton, who represents Ellis County, greeted each of the heroes personally and then addressed them as a group welcoming them to town and thanking them for their service.
Honor Flight is an organization that started in 2005 with just 6 small planes that transported 12 veterans from Ohio to Washington to see the WWII memorial. It has grown into a nationwide organization that brings hundreds of veterans a week to see up raised money though a variety of unique ways – from fish fries to silent auctions - to pay for this week’s trip. Because of their efforts each veteran was able to make the trip for free. Their sponsors paid a reduced rate to accompany them on this Representative Joe Barton represents the Sixth District of Texas, which includes Ellis County.