Five World War II veterans from Gahanna will be among the 32 slated to go on the April 11 Honor Flight trip to Washington.

Five World War II veterans from Gahanna will be among the 32 slated to go on the April 11 Honor Flight trip to Washington.

Gahanna Lincoln High School video-production teacher Tom Gregory said last week that the flight has been chartered and set for April 11.

"If people want to meet us when we return, we are scheduled to return at 8 p.m.," he said. "They're telling us that you should be there at 7:45 p.m."

Honor Flight is a program started by a Veterans Administration doctor in Dayton.

This is the second flight made by Gahanna students in Gregory's class. Gregory sought and received financial support from many sources for this year's flight. Individuals, the city of Gahanna, students and parents at Blacklick Elementary School and others have contributed to the trip, which takes WWII veterans to see the WWII Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Gregory heard about the Honor Flight program last year and started one in Gahanna. The Dayton doctor started the program when he learned that many of the veterans under his care had not visited the memorial.

WWII veterans are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 a day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Gregory asked the residents who want to greet the returning veterans to bring signs.

"You can't get to the boarding areas anymore," Gregory said. "But you can be there in the baggage area to greet them as they return."

This is the second WWII project in which Gregory's students have been involved.

They also solicited money for the World War II memorial in front of Gahanna Lincoln High School.

Gahanna City Council also contributed to that project. The issue of council's donation to Honor Flight became a hot topic this year when Councilman John McAlister objected to the $1,000 donation. McAlister said he thought it was inappropriate for the city to donate money to the cause and asked if the city was setting a precedent.

McAlister was the lone dissenter. Other council members made it clear that this was a one-time donation to honor the extraordinary efforts of the WWII veterans.

Councilwoman Beryl Anderson said she wanted to know how many Gahanna area residents would benefit.

At the time, Gregory wasn't sure, but since has said five World War II veterans from Gahanna and the Blacklick area would go on the flight.