The Red, White, and Blue run true – Area veteran participates in Honor Flight
Moods shift as visitors follow the winding drive leading to the Mexico Veteran’s Home in central Missouri. A beautiful lane, flanked by American flags dedicated in memory to fallen soldiers, easily lifts and calms the spirit of those lucky enough to visit. Sitting on a sunny patio on the south side of the home is Paul Salois, a Bowling Green resident with a story to tell.
According to their mission statement, the Mid-MO Honor Flight is an “organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.” The group transports participating war heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. Since the organization’s creation in 2009, they have made the trip with more than 1200 veterans. The Honor Flight gives top priority to senior veterans – WWII survivors, along with other veterans who may be terminally ill.
“Of all the wars in recent memory, it was WWII that truly threatened our very existence as a nation and free society. Now, with more than 1,000 WWII veterans dying each day (20 each day in Missouri), time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out,” says the Honor Flight officials.
Mr. Salois served four years (1951-1955) in the United States Air Force as an interpreter and instructor of radio and electronic technologies. Upon his graduation from high school, Salois joined the Air Force at just 18 years old.
See the rest of Paul’s story on the front page of this week’s Bowling Green Times.