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Motorcyclists ride for Honor Flight in Lexington County

Motorcyclists ride for Honor Flight in Lexington County

June 15, 2014 By is your source for free news and information in Columbia and the Midlands.

Dozens of motorcyclists from across the Midlands spent their Saturday afternoon riding to honor those who fought for their freedom to ride.

A group of riders prepares to start Saturday's Benefit Ride for Honor Flight SC (photo by Allen Wallace).

A group of riders prepares to start Saturday’s Benefit Ride for Honor Flight SC (photo by Allen Wallace).

The sixth annual Benefit Ride for Honor Flight South Carolina was sponsored by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department along with several local businesses.

The riders started their day by gathering at S&S Road Consultants, Inc. in Chapin, and divided into groups, spending four hours riding in the Lake Murray area and stopping at local businesses.

They then came together again for a barbecue dinner and live and silent auction, also to benefit the cause,with a performance by local band Shodown.

Honor Flight South Carolina provides airline and ground transportation for World War II and Korean War military veterans to visit military memorials in Washington, D.C.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. David, Amick, a Navy veteran, served as organizer for the event.

“As a military veteran, David understands the importance of honoring persons who defended America’s freedoms in military combat,” said Sheriff James Metts. “Honor Flight South Carolina enables military veterans who are living on fixed incomes to visit memorials that our nation constructed in order to recognize the sacrifices that were made by members of the armed forces.”

Final Flight for Honor Flight of Myrtle Beach-Welcome Home Announcement

Honor Flight #7 “The Finale”: Welcome Home Announcement

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Kate


The staff/volunteers of Honor Flight Myrtle Beach invite you to “WELCOME HOME” our veterans of WWII and the Korean War…Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at the Myrtle Beach International Airport (the NEW main terminal). Touchdown is scheduled for 7:30PM.


YOUR ARRIVAL:   *Short Term Parking (north end suggested…allow time to park & walk)

TIMELY:   6:15 PM pre-arranged group participants

TIMELY:   6:30 PM groups, organizations, troops, individuals, family of veterans.

The set up and location of the ceremony inside the main terminal will be most similar to August (2013) for those who attended. At the end of the red carpet, area(s) will be sectioned off for pre-arranged participants (Festive Brass, Knights of Columbus, JROTC, etc.). We ask that you respect these arrangements as in past.

Honor Flight Staff members (red shirts) will be in place to help well-wishers with questions, locations, timing, etc. Airport officials ask that participants yield to “general airport travelers” as we will all share the terminal for this special evening. Please do not impede access to ticket counters, exit doors, lounges, café, restrooms, luggage pick up, etc.

School children and youth groups are most welcome if accompanied by adults (space IS limited; please  limit head count as best you can). Flags, hand-held banners, small signs, and pompoms are encouraged! Small, patriotic tokens of appreciation, notes or mini flags would be wonderful to hand the veterans!

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* Official MYR/Honor Flight no-charge PARKING PASS (good 4/16 only) will be available at the main information desk inside the airport. Passenger vehicles use the SHORT TERM parking lot (north end suggested). If you elect to, or mistakenly park in the credit card lot the parking pass will not work and you will need your credit card to pay and exit.

* Motorcycle groups/riders: proceed PAST the short term and credit card parking lots…move to the left lane and pick up airport personnel who will then direct you to group bike parking.

May GOD bless our veterans, guardians, flight crew and well-wishers 16 April 2014.           

Irmo Cadets Will March for Vets.

The Island Packet
Irmo cadets will march for vets
By LYDIA ROYALS  April 13, 2014

FILE PHOTO: Irmo High School Airforce JROTC cadet, Staff Seargent Cody Miller, 17, holds his saber as
Honor Flight Veterans are welcomed at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport after returning from a day-long trip
to Washington D.C. April 2012

C. ALUKA BERRY - caberry@thestate .com

If you go

WHAT: Bataan Death March Memorial; more than 60 Air Force JROTC cadets will march in shifts for 24
WHERE: Irmo High School, 6671 St. Andrews Road, Columbia WHEN: 6 p.m . Friday-6 p.m. Saturday; a
public dedication ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m . Saturday
DONATE: Buy a luminary to light the cadets' path for $5 or donate
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What was the Bataan Death March?
In April 1942, more than 60,000 American and Filipino soldiers were forced to walk 65 miles without
food or breaks after surrendering to the Imperial Japanese Army, following a three-month battle in the
Philippines. More than 7,000 of those soldiers died during the march. Seventy-two years after a grueling forced
march took the lives of more than 7,000 soldiers, a group of highschool cadets in Irmo is marching overnight
this weekend in hope s of raising awareness among recent generations about the historical event and the sacrifice
veterans make.
The Bataan Death March took place in April 1942 when American and Filipino force s surrendered following the
three-month battle of Bataan in the Philippines. The Imperial Japanese Army forced between 60,000 and 80,000
American and Filipino soldiers to walk 65 miles without food or breaks. An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 soldiers
died during the march.
The Irmo Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is holding its annual 24-hour Bataan Death March
Memorial to educate people about World War II veterans who were in the march, as well as raise money for
Honor Flight - a program created by Columbia restaurateur Bill Dukes that sends World War II and Korean War
vets to Washington, D.C., to see the monuments to vets who fought in those wars .
This is something small compared to what vets have sacrificed for us," Cadet Captain Peter Ruiz, a 17-year-old
junior, said . "They've done the ultimate sacrifice for us. Us helping raise money to send vets to see their memorials
is the least we can do to repay them."
Dukes, chairman of Honor Right SC and an Air Force veteran, approached the Irmo cadets five years ago to see
if there was anything they could do to get high schools involved with the program. Air Force JROTC instructor
Jay Seward started talking to cadets about what they could do.
"The cadets decided to do a march-a-thon rather than a walk-a-thon since that's something they know how to
do ," Seward said. "From there, they tied it to something with meaning, the Bataan Death March."
More than 60 cadets will walk about 80 miles in total over the 24 hours. Cadets will take two-hour shifts without
food or water in honor of those who were in the Bataan Death March.
"The flight sergeant and flight commander will do a releasing of the previous shift in a very ceremonial
way,"Cadet Colonel Savannah Swearingen, a 17-year-old senior, said. "We never stop marching at any point."
To reach their goal of $7,500, cadets are selling luminaries to line the track as they march, as well asaccepting
donations. They are also accepting supply donations to support the cadets throughout the24-hour time span of
the march.
Their first Bataan Death March Memorial began five years ago in conjunction with a local spring carnival.Cadets
soon decided it wasn't the right fit for the event.
"The carnival wasn't the right idea because it got rid of some of the solemnity of the occasion," Seward
said."The right answer was to have a very concentrated and respectful ceremony for the vets."
The memorial is not only meant to raise money for Honor Right, but to educate the public on the historic event.
"A lot of people don't know about the Bataan Death March," Swearingen said. "There will be a dedication
ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday to explain what it is and why we are doing something like this."
The march is not the only way Irmo cadets support Honor Right. When the veterans return home from D.C.,
they are present at the airport to give them a hero's welcome. "While a part of the saber line welcoming the
veterans , it is so hard to stay in position and not personally thank them ," Ruiz said. "What we're doing for them
is so small compared to everything they did for us."
The Irmo cadets have welcomed veterans home after every Honor Right but one since the program's
creation in 2008. "It gives me the goose bumps thinking about everything these kids have done for our heroes,"Dukes said. “The respect they have for previous generations is astounding.”

If you go

WHAT: Bataan Death March Memorial; more than 60 Air Force JROTC cadets will march in shifts for 24 hours

WHERE: Irmo High School, 6671 St. Andrews Road, Columbia

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday-6 p.m. Saturday; a public dedication ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday

DONATE: Buy a luminary to light the cadets’ path for $5 or donate


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