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Co-ops to sponsor an Honor Flight for World War II and Korean War vets

Each fall since 2011, Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives sponsor an Honor Flight for veterans from Kentucky who served during World War II or the Korean War.

Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives pay to transport veterans, including one from each of the 16 owner-member cooperatives of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), to Washington, D.C.

The veterans visit the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Monument and the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and return to home that evening. While in Washington, they are transported around the city on chartered buses.

Each co-op sponsors one veteran from its local service territory to send on the trip. Volunteers representing the electric co-ops accompany the vets as guardians to assist them as needed.

The World War II Memorial pays tribute to the 16 million who served in the United States Armed Forces during the war, the 400,000-plus who died and all who supported the war effort on the home front.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors 341,000 soldiers – 88 percent of them from America – who fought to help democratic South Korea repel a communist invasion from 1950-1953. Nearly 34,000 U.S. soldiers died in combat during the war.

"When I think of the wonderful veterans we've met through these Honor Flights," said Joe Settles, manager of Member Services, "I'm reminded of what Winston Churchill said about the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain: 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.' It's from that same kind of admiration and gratitude we pay our respects to these Kentucky heroes." ”

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Learn more about Honor Flight by Kentucky veterans by clicking here.