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Four local veterans awarded Honor Flight trips

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Four local veterans, all residents of Wesley Manor retirement community in Frankfort, will be recognized for their military service as they join other veterans on one-day Honor Flight trips to Washington, D.C.

The nonprofit Honor Flight organization celebrates veterans by transporting them to the nation’s capital to see the memorials built in honor of their sacrifices.

Costs for the veterans’ trips are covered by the Honor Flight organization, while the travel costs of Wesley Manor residents’ companions are covered by the BHI Foundation.

Wesley Manor is one of four continuing care retirement communities operated by Indiana-based non-profit BHI Senior Living. The BHI Foundation is a charitable foundation that provides grants for community projects that improve and enhance the quality of life for BHI communities’ residents while also making them good neighbors.

“We encourage all veterans in our retirement communities to take advantage of this trip that honors them and the sacrifices they made for our country. Everyone who goes on the Honor Flight returns saying how happy they are that they went,” said BHI Foundation Director Jennifer Zvokel.

Wilson and Kinsler travel April 17

David Wilson, 72, and Harold Kinsler, 73, who both served in the Army during the Viet Nam era, will travel to Washington April 17 out of Lafayette.

Wilson will be accompanied on te trip by his grandson, Matthew Wilson, and Kinsler will be accompanied by his daughter, Rachel Bednar.

The April 17 flight departs from Purdue University Airport at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m., when the public is invited to a “Welcome Home” event at the airport.

Pershing travels April 28, Sutton May 8

Don Pershing, 89, served in the Army during the Korean War. He and his son, Mark, will travel from Indianapolis on April 28. 

Dick Sutton, 86, will travel to D.C. on May 8. A U.S. Army veteran, he served as an X-ray technician in the medical corps during the Korean War. Sutton will travel with family friend, Justin Trent, and their plane will depart from the Purdue airport at 6:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m., when another public “Welcome Home” event will be held.