ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Some southwest Georgia World War Two veterans are gearing up to travel to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of West Georgia Honor Flight.
Nine veterans from Albany and four from Camilla will take the trip September 14th.
Pink Whelchel of Albany had just turned 18 when he joined the Army. He served just off the coast of Texas, on the lookout for enemy submarines and aircraft.
He's proud of his service to his country, and proud to be able to take the journey to see monuments that honor our veterans.
"The wonderful thing about it is we did win the war and made this world safe for so many nations, not only our nation, but other nations, too," said Whelchel. "I think this is a fantastic thing to do to recognize the people who served in World War II because they're gradually dying, they're dying at the rate of over a thousand a day."
The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County sponsored Whelchel to cover his costs. More donations are needed to help pay for the other veterans and guardians.
Volunteers are also needed to transport the Veterans to Columbus where they'll board the flight to Washington.
If you want to drive, or have a handicap accessible van, call Kathleen Moylan at 229-435-8886 or 828-467-0761.