PIF Heartland Honor Flight
They are part of the greatest generation -- the 16 million who served in the armed forces during World War II. One of our Pay It Forward winners is using the $1,000 grant to make a dream come true for the veterans, the youngest of whom are now in their 80s.

The goal is to bring them to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

Bob Sweet, Hugh La Rue and Eddie Ohm share a bond that can never be broken. They're veterans of World War II

Bob says, "Day before my birthday, I enlisted."

Eddie tells us, "I served in Europe."

Hugh adds, "I am grateful for the experience."

More than 60 years after the war, the memories are fresh of sacrifice, friends lost, and the toll on their families. They'd like to experience something new together: a trip to the World War II Memorial.

That's where the local singing group, The Avi8ors, comes in. Each performance honors the World War II era.

The singers will honor veterans by holding a fundraising concert to send the aging heroes to Washington for Heartland Honor Flight.

Avi8ors Executive Director Bob Moser says, "Our time is very short to help them out, to bring them honor. They don't tend to be people who pat themselves on the back and bring attention to themselves so we're going to do that for them."

The Pay It Forward money got things rolling. A couple of additional grants covered all the costs of holding concerts at the Lied Center in Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. May 30th and at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha at 7:30 p.m. on June 14th.

Eddie, Hugh, and Bob are among the 300 who signed up to see the memorial and to remember the greatest generation -- those who fought during World War II and those who sacrificed at home.

For more information visit avi8ors.com.

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