Cedar Crest resident and World War II veteran Hank Conway participated in an Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC, recently. The mission of the Honor Flight Network is to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices by bringing them to Washington, D.C., at no cost, so they can visit and reflect at their memorials.
The free trip is for veterans from the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam eras. Top priority is given to senior veterans, World War II survivors and those veterans who may be terminally ill. The excursion includes transportation, overnight accommodations, meals and a deluxe bus tour of memorials in Washington, DC, including the World War II Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and more. Family members, friends or chaperones can join the veterans on the excursion for a modest fee. Conway's brought his two daughters on his trip.
"It was a fabulous experience," said Conway. "The people from the Honor Flight Program did so much for the veterans on the trip."
Conway, 96, was a B-24 navigator with the 15th Air Force in Romania during World War II. Before moving to Cedar Crest Retirement Community three years ago, he lived in Oradell, New Jersey. He is a retired commercial real estate broker and has five children, four stepchildren, 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
"I want to get the word out to other veterans about the program and encourage them to participate," said Conway.
The Honor Flight Network has flown more than 180,000 veterans from all over the United States to Washington, DC.
For more information, visit honorflight.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedar Crest is one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 104-acre campus is located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and is home to more than 2,000 residents.