honor flight

Retired Army Sgt. Major Larry Williams presented a program about Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee to members of the Franklin County A.M. Rotary Club on June 6, 2019. Among the attendees was retired Naval Officer Jack Giddens, who was a passenger on the most recent Honor Flight. Pictured, from left, are Rotarian Dr. Jerry Anderson, Williams and Giddens.

Retired Army Sgt. Major Larry Williams presented a program about Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee to members of the Franklin County A.M. Rotary Club on June 6, 2019.

Among the attendees was retired Naval Officer Jack Giddens, who was a passenger on the most recent Honor Flight.

Williams said he enjoyed participating in the event.

His favorite part was “telling all of the personal stories which have occurred over the 11 plus years, in which a gentleman named Milton Schaefer, of Winchester, Tennessee, allowed me to assist in birthing this magnificent program.”

The Honor Flight initiative aims to “display respect for those who have stepped forward to serve their country in a military uniform,” said Williams.

Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee is coordinated by Williams and his fellow members of the board of directors, and it offers a free trip to veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam to Washington, D.C.

Participants in the program have a chance to visit the war memorials in the nation’s capital. While in Washington D.C., veterans also meet with congressional members from Tennessee, according to Williams.

The trip provides an unforgettable experience for those who take part in it.

“There are a good number of veterans we have taken that were so impressed with the day, that they requested and were granted to be buried in the ‘Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee’ ball cap and polo shirt,” Williams said.

More than 20 flights have been coordinated by the Honor Flight organization, with the help of volunteers.

Williams appreciated the opportunity to share the story of the Honor Flight with members of the Franklin County A.M. Rotary Club.

The club meets each Thursday at 7 a.m. at Sunrise – The Breakfast Place in Decherd.

Members invite the public to visit and learn more about club.

For more information about the Honor Flight program, contact Williams at tennesseans2@blomand.net or call 1- 833- HONORUS.