In just short of a week, we have an opportunity to honor a handful of the 5,000 Central Valley World War II veterans who, just 70 years ago, served our Country, the United States of America.

On Wednesday, June 29th, at 6pm, twenty World War II veterans and 50 Korean War veterans will return to Fresno-Yosemite International Airport on the 10th Central Valley Honor Flight after visiting THEIR honor memorials among others in Washington, D.C.

Along them will be my father Sammy, an honorably discharged United States Navy Seaman.

Since 2005, when the first Honor Flight took off in Ohio, the United States Veterans Administration identified 5,000 World War II veterans in the Central Valley, but that’s all the VA could do.

Very few of them had ever even heard of the World War II Memorial completed in 2004, much less the Korean War Memorial built in 1995.

In 2013, well-known Central Valley television journalist Paul Loeffler (known for “Hometown Heroes”) gathered a group of individuals and private companies to give a gift to the veterans of our Central Valley, a Tour with Honor.

Since then, 639 veterans, men and women, have safely been flown from Fresno to Washington, D.C. and back on nine Tours.

This is OUR Central Valley gift to them.

If you have a chance, on Wednesday evening, June 29th, please give a thought of recognizing our World War II and Korean War veterans as they finish their last Tour with Honor at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport.

For those who wish to contribute to the cause, feel free to contact Central Valley Honor Flight Trip Leader Al Perry (559-970-9853) or view the website: , but certainly THANKS to EECU, the Fahrney Automotive Group of Selma, and United Local Credit Union among the local sponsors of this mission.

For me, I am tasked with being the Guardian for my father, Sammy. Mission Central Valley Honor Flight!

                                                                                     Stanley Louie