Local man donates check to Honor Flight Dayton

JoAnne Newsome accepts a check for $100 from Ron Eastman in honor and memory of the 1st Air Cavalry troopers killed in action. They are represented on the shirt he wore when he donated the check.

POMEROY — Ron Eastman, of Meigs County, was recently presented with a check for $100 from the Modern Woodman Fraternal for his community service.

However, he knew he wanted to give the money back to the community, so he decided to contact JoAnne Newsome, American Legion Auxiliary president and Honor Flight representative.

Honor Flight is a trip that flies World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to the nation’s capital for a tour of the area. Trips are taken throughout the year, with the next trip set for Nov. 7. Newsome said the trip is at no cost to the veterans who are able to go.

“They already paid their price,” Newsome said. “Now we’re serving them.”

During this trip, veterans will fly from Columbus to Baltimore and receive a police escort all the way into the nation’s capital.

They really love it,” Newsome said. “It gets their spirits going.”

Veterans are able to visit Arlington Cemetery and the Changing of the Guard, the Space Shuttle Memorial, the WWII Memorial, where they get to meet Sen. Bob Dole, the Korea Veterans Memorial, the Washington Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Wall, the United States Navy and Coast Guard memorials, the Air Force Memorial, the Iwo Jima Marines Memorial and various others.

The November trip will see veterans flying from Dayton to Baltimore. Newsome said the trip flights usually leave from Columbus, but that Dayton was chosen for this trip because it is the only airport in Ohio that will also take Vietnam veterans for free. Veterans will arrive in Dayton on Nov. 6 and will fly out early Nov. 7. They will return to Dayton on Saturday night.

Eastman donated the $100 check to Honor Flight Dayton in memory and in honor of all the 1st Air Cavalry troopers killed in action.

Newsome said Honor Flight applications are being accepted now. For information or questions, call her at 740-444-1648.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.