Honor Flight 2017 a Success!
Pictured Left to Right: Jennifer Gravitt, OEC Member Services and Guardian; Tom Nicodemus, Veteran; Robert Hoot, Veteran; and Melissa Hood, daughter of Robert and Guardian.
Robert Hood of Independence and Tom Nicodemus of Florence were among the 68 war veterans who traveled from Lexington to Washington DC on Saturday, September 16 as a part of this year's Honor Flight. Both traveled with other Kentucky Veterans for a one-day tour of war memorials in the nation's capital. The mission was coordinated by Winchester-based Honor Flight Kentucky.
"This is the largest group of veterans we've ever taken, and we always look forward to sponsoring these heroes from Kentucky," said Whitney Duvall, Owen Electric spokesperson. "Our goal is for them to return saying it was one of the best days of their lives."
Hood and Nicodemus, both members of Owen Electric and veterans of Vietnam, flew from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington DC, where they boarded three buses for a full day of honors and sightseeing. They visited war memorials and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers representing Owen Electric, other co-ops and vets' families accompanied them as guardians.