Honor Flight headed out for a special all-Vietnam veterans trip to Washington

Sue Guinn Legg • Oct 3, 2018 at 8:47 PM

Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee will be treating nearly 40 local Vietnam veterans to an all-expense paid tour of the nation’s war memorials Oct. 12-14.

Central Church of Christ, 2722 E. Oakland Ave., will host a benefit breakfast Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to help cover the cost of trip. The breakfast will include hash brown casserole, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, tenderloin, bacon, sausage, eggs, fruit, juice, tea, coffee, milk and more all for donation.

Veterans signed up take the special all-Vietnam trip will attend the breakfast and share some of the stories of their service with the guests.

Honor Flight is inviting the community to take part in its traditional hero’s send-off for the veterans as they leave Johnson City for D.C. Friday morning Oct. 12, from the Best Western Hotel on North Roan Street.

The veterans will board their bus at 7:40 a.m. and pull out at 8. Those who wish to meet them and join in their sendoff are encouraged arrive before 7:30 and bring along their flags and signs expressing appreciation for the veterans’ service. Honor Flight is rallying the community to welcome the veterans back to Johnson City in a similar fashion between 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.

While in D.C., the veterans will tour each of the national war memorials and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Vietnam Wall. On their way back to Tennessee on Sunday, the group will stop in Bedford, Va., for a visit the D-Day Memorial.

More information about the local Honor Flight organization and their work to honor all local veterans can be found online at honorflightnetn.org and on the Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee page on Facebook, or may be obtained by contacting Edie Lowry at 330-6189 or [email protected]

This week’s registration of local families and seniors in need of help from the Salvation Army Angel Tree shopping adoption program for children and Johnson City Press Christmas Box food distribution to the Angel Tree families and local seniors in need has gone extremely slow, prompting yet another plea for everyone to please spread the word.

The signup period for families and seniors in Washington and Unicoi counties will continue through daily through Friday at the Salvation Army office at 204 W. Walnut St. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Registration for Carter County families and seniors will be held during the same hours Oct. 22-23 at the National Guard Armory in Elizabethton. More information about the signup may be obtained by calling the Salvation Army at 423-926-2101.

While summer-like temperatures continue to hang on, fall is here and the nonprofit Seasons of Hope organization is conducting its annual Socktober sock drive for local folks who will be in need of a little extra warmth when the cool weather finally arrives.

Through Oct. 31, new socks may be donated for local men, women and children in need at the Family Dollar Store at 417 S. Broadway St., at the Summit Leadership Foundation next door to Wallabies at 3104 Hanover Road; at Changes Medical Spa and Laser Center at 106 Pinnacle Drive near the Cracker Barrel; at Energy Fitness at 212 E. Main St., and at Perfectly Unhinged at 113 E. Market St., Kingsport.

Those who wish to join the Socktober event by hosting a sock drive at their business, church or school may contact Stacee at [email protected]

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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