Honor Flight, which offers free flights to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans from Ohio to see their war memorial, offers a lesser known service — free RV trips to the capital, the Oxford Press reported.
The Recreational Vehicle Convoy (RVC) took off Friday (Sept. 10) for a three-day trip with a few local residents and veterans among the group of 16.
Linda Brunner of Liberty Township was on the trip with her father, Charles Rymer, 88, of Hamilton, Ohio, a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific with the Navy.
“My dad is really thrilled, it’s all he can talk about,” Brunner said. “It will be more memorable because it’s Sept. 11.”
The convoy took off Friday morning from the Rocco-Welch VFW post in Springfield, after a complimentary breakfast at the post. By Friday evening the group was to arrive in Frederick, Md., and stay the night at a hotel. On Saturday, the group was scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C., where they planned to visit all the war memorials, especially the World War II monument. The group’s iternary also included a stop at the Arlington Cemetery, where they will be able to watch the changing of the guards, said Dian Holland, the program’s manager.
“The RVC trip is not as hurried as the flight,” Holland said. “It’s more flexible and you don’t have to go through security.”
Brunner said she’s been wanting to take her father to Washington, D.C., for a long time, and this trip was a great opportunity.
The RVC program began in 2008, Holland said, after Mae Davis of Madison, Ind., donated a 28-foot motorhome, now decorated with a custom wrap featuring the Honor Flight logo and patriotic themes. Honor Flight is looking for more volunteer drivers and additional RVs to be loaned for the trips, Holland said.