Two Los Altos residents traveled to Washington, D.C., last weekend to visit veterans’ memorials, courtesy of the nonprofit Honor Flight, which provides trips to former U.S. Armed Forces members and their guardians at no cost.
Korean War vets Leroy Jones and Patrick Farrell visited the nation’s capital June 2-4. Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951, when he enlisted as an infantry officer, to 1980, when he retired as a lieutenant colonel. Farrell served in the U.S. Navy during the war from 1951 to 1954. Both Jones and Farrell are members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.
For Jones, the trip offered a reunion with a fellow former Marine – one he has not seen in 55 years, said his wife, Maureen. Jones planned on meeting up with Col. Ken Hopper, now president of the U.S. Marine Reserve Association.
A third Los Altos Korean War vet, Jack Heidmiller, is scheduled to take a September trip through Honor Flight. Heidmiller, who served in Korea 1950-1952, also is a Rotarian.
During the trip, vets visit military memorials such as Arlington National Cemetery and attend a banquet with top military officials.
Founded in 2005, Honor Flight’s mission is to honor, reunite and show gratitude to veterans for their service. Priority is afforded to World War II vets, followed by Korean and Vietnam vets.
For more information, visit honorflight.org.