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Instructors, students to accompany vets on Honor Flight

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COLUMBUS, GA - Columbus Technical College health sciences instructors Kellie Byrd (nursing) and Carl Sandy (program manager/surgical technology) are gearing up for the flight of their lives! 

The faculty members along with two nursing students will be on board the West Georgia Honor Flight on September 22, 2009.

The honor flight gives war veterans the opportunity to fly, at no charge, to our nation's capitol and the surrounding area to see memorials based on their years of selfless service to our country.

The one-day tour includes the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam and Korean Memorials, Iwo Jima, Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of Unknowns.

About 60 people are scheduled to fly out of the Columbus Metropolitan Airport at around 8:00 a.m. on the 22nd.

They are slated to step off the plane and be greeted with a raucous "Welcome Home" at about 9:30 p.m. All partners involved in this Honor Flight look forward to media coverage of this important event.

While Kellie Byrd's 86-year-old father is a veteran of WWII who, among other accomplishments, jumped in Normandy on D-day, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, his health is preventing him from making the trip. Despite that, she's excited about doing her part to serve the greatest generation.

"These men and women and that entire generation sacrificed more than any of us know. Our freedom today is due to their bravery," Kellie said. "Even though most of the veterans we will fly with need help going up stairs, support while walking or need a wheelchair, they were once young men and woman who bravely served this country and I find it an honor to serve them for a day."

Carl Sandy is a veteran himself and has similar reasons for making the trip.

"I am truly honored and blessed to be a guardian on the Honor Flight. To be around these veterans as they visit their memorials will further deepen my appreciation for the great sacrifices that they, and their fallen comrades, have made for the future of our country," Carl said.

Along with Mr. Sandy and Ms. Byrd, there will be several doctors and other area healthcare professionals on board.

For more information on the West Georgia Honor Flight program, visit www.wgahonorflight.org.

Source: Columbus Technical College

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