The Flight of Honor for World War II Veterans scheduled for October 2 has been postponed to Tuesday, November 9. The postponement was due to the complications of a rally in Washington the same day. The rally, called “One Nation Working Together,” will feature the N.A.A.C.P., the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the National Council of La Raza and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
As result many streets that the Flight of Honor charter busses need to travel will be closed and access to the World War II Memorial will be impaired, causing the veterans to have to walk much further. Many of the veterans are in their 80s and 90s.
The Flight of Honor was to host North Carolina Women who fought in World War II, a first for the Rotary Club sponsored trips.
The four women veterans are Edith Sturgis Larson of Matthews, an Army Nurse; Jean Brace Moore of Cornelius, an Army nurse; Jane Westerlund Oneppo of Edgemoor, SC, a Navy aviation mechanic; Lorna Hill Putnam of Rutherfordton and Pauline Swisher Richardson of Matthews, an Army Air Force nurse. Edith Larson’s husband, Navy electronics Technician Gordon Larson will be on the flight with her.