To the editor:

To the editor:

Honor Flight Columbus gratefully thanks the Gahanna community for sponsoring and supporting the April 11 World War II Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. We are very proud of the people in Gahanna -- students, teachers, businesses and residents. We can take the veterans on this trip only when we have the money to do so. Their efforts enabled 32 men -- six from their immediate area -- to experience the "Welcome Home" parade they never received when they came home more than 60 years ago.

On every trip veterans tell us, "I never thought I would get to see the memorial. I can't believe people donate money so that we can make this trip. For the first time in my life, I've been thanked and I am proud to be an American."

It isn't just the money either. They paid for the opportunity to serve as guardians, wrote letters to give to the veterans, baked cookies for their snacks, provided a commemorative booklet and GLHS mugs, and came to the airport to welcome them home. Hundreds were there. One vet came to us with tears in his eyes and said, "I never had a parade when I came home. This is wonderful."

While this effort was led by GLHS teacher Tom Gregory (a tireless worker) and his students, Lianne Castile, Blake Swanson, Amie Davis, Kelly O'Donnell, Lia Crosby and Casey Pierano, it is a model of community involvement and of respect for the WWII heroes.

We never know all the wonderful things that happen on and after the trip; what we do know is that we can see in the faces and walk of the veterans that this was a day that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The Gahanna community was part of something extraordinary. The people of Gahanna have been added to our list of heroes.

Bobbi and Bill Richards

Honor Flight Columbus


To the editor:

I wanted to write this note of thanks as one of the 32 veterans on the recent Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. It was a most inspiring day. I would like to thank Tom Gregory and his Gahanna Lincoln High School electronic-media class for raising the $12,000 needed. Their efforts were successful with the help of such individuals and organizations as Gahanna-area businesses, Gahanna schools and their organizations, Gahanna organizations and the city of Gahanna. I appreciate all that they did to make this day possible.

To the 25 guardians, I want to say thank you for a most memorable day. The friends at the airport who greeted us when we returned from Washington brought tears to our eyes. We shall remember the day forever. Because of our ages, it was a thoughtful and timely event to sponsor.

Thanks for the memories.

Don Swift