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Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to sponsor an Honor Flight

Sixty-eight Kentucky war veterans will travel from Lexington to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 16 on a one-day tour of war memorials erected in their honor in the nation's capital.

The mission is being coordinated by Winchester-based Honor Flight Kentucky.

"This is the largest group of veterans we've ever taken and we're looking forward to sponsoring these heroes from Kentucky," said Joe Settles of Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. "Our goal is for them to return saying it was one of the best days of their lives."

The veterans will fly from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., where they will board three buses for a full day of honors and sightseeing. They will visit war memorials for veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam on the National Mall. They will also see the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., which is the statue of five Marines, including Kentuckian Franklin Sousley, and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Iwo Jima.

The day will culminate with viewing the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Honor Flight representatives will participate in a wreath-laying service at the tomb. Volunteers representing the co-ops will accompany the vets as guardians, to assist their travel.

To further honor this year's Honor Flight participants, the co-ops are organizing a special welcome for their return. Families, friends and supporters are invited to arrive at Blue Grass Airport by 9 p.m. on Sept. 16 to cheer for and greet the veterans when their flight arrives from Washington. There will be additional parking available at the airport to accommodate the crowd.

For more information, contact:
Kevin Osbourn, EKPC Manager of Communications, (859) 771-3100
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