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9/26/2013 Legion Post helps send WWII vets to Memorial

On Sept. 6, the non profit organization "Honor Flight of Southern Colorado" conducted its ‘send-off’ luncheon for their fourth flight of World War II Veterans to Washington D.C. The Honor Flight of Southern Colorado provides ground and air transportation, food, and lodging for a two day/three night all-expenses- paid trip for WWII Veterans to visit their memorial.

The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall’s central axis. The memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004 and was dedicated one month later on May 29, 2004.

Local Westcliffe American Legion Post 170 Commander Jim Qualey presented a check for $1,000 to the Honor Flight President, Sal Ingraldi, at the luncheon held at the Doubletree Inn in Colorado Springs. The gift was made possible by the members of Post 170 as a result of their efforts helping the Custer County Chamber of Commerce collecting donations for the July 4th Fireworks at Lake DeWeese.

The web site for Honor Flight is www.honorflightsoco.org