Ninety-one year-old Cecil Cook of Elizabethtown and 83 year-old Clarence Collins of Radcliff were among the war veterans who traveled from Lexington to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 22, as part of this year’s Touchtone Energy Honor Flight. Cook and Collins joined other Kentucky veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War for a one-day tour of memorials that are dedicated to their service and sacrifices.
Cook and Collins represented Nolin RECC, which sponsored their all-expense paid trip. Both Army veterans, Cook served in the 25th Constabulary Squadron in Germany during World War II and Collins was assigned to the 7th Quartermaster Company, 7th Infantry Division in the Korean War.
This was the eighth year Nolin RECC and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives sponsored the Honor Flight.
For each veteran, this was their first time seeing their memorial. The day included viewing the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery where Honor Flight representatives including Mr. Cook participated in a wreath-laying service at the tomb. At the end of the day, they received a hero’s welcome back home. Veterans wishing to be considered for next year’s trip should place their name on a waiting list at www.honorflightky.org.
Check out the videos below of previous Honor Flights.