Claremore Daily Progress

January 4, 2014

WWII Vets to be honored in Claremore Friday

Mark Friedel
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE —

Oklahoma Honor Flights transports Oklahoma World War II veterans to Washington D.C., providing experiences for those veterans who are unable to visit the memorials on their own.
Many WWII veterans, however, cannot make the trip with the nonprofit organization, because of certain illnesses or other circumstances. A program, titled Operation 4G, Giving to the Grounded Greatest Generation, has been created for those particular veterans prohibited from traveling.
Oklahoma Honor Flights will present Operation 4G at 2 p.m. Friday at the Claremore Veterans Center Auditorium, 3001 West Blue Starr Drive.
A total of 124 “grounded” WWII veterans will be honored Friday, according to an Oklahoma Honor Flights media release. Each member honored will enter the auditorium with a youth escort during the “parade of patriotism” and will be recognized by branch of service and name; and will be awarded a commemorative coin along with an OHF bag that includes a hat, bracelet, lap blanket, a pictorial of the WWII memorial titled “Jewel of the Mall.” The program will end with a special mail call with letters sent from area school children.
Family members of the veterans have been invited to attend the ceremony and short reception following.
Oklahoma Honor Flights is committed to honoring all WWII veterans living in veterans centers across the state. Initial funding for OHF has been made possible by a donation from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits ONE award. Additional funding, exclusively for the Operation 4G programs, is still needed to continue the effort.
Donations for the honor flight or 4G program can be given at oklahomahonorflights.org.
OHF is a hub of the national Honor Flight Network. Both organizations work as  501(c) 3 nonprofit.
Since 2010, more than 1,300 Oklahoma WWII veterans have been flown to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial and other sites. On September 18, four WWII veterans from Claremore participated in the one-day Honor Flight trip. 
The 2014 flight schedule begins with an April 30 flight from Tulsa. This will be the 17th flight from Oklahoma and the sixth out of Tulsa.
For more information on the Operation 4G program or April 30 flight, call Lynn Schmuhl of the Eastern Oklahoma Flight Committee at 918-955-9250, or by email at lschmuhl@sbcglobal.net.