On Saturday August 25, a group of 31 Veterans from the surrounding local area boarded a bus to take the forty-ninth mission trip for the Great River Honor Flight Program. Of the Veterans, three local Veterans William “Bill” Thorndyke, John Moutray and John Kendrick took part in this opportunity.
Each of the Veterans are required to take a guardian to assist them on the trip. Thorndyke was accompanied by Joyce Viloria, Moutray was accompanied by Sandy Shinn and Kendrick enjoyed the trip with his daughter, Suzanne Brookbank. Also attending the Honor Flight was Billy Powell escorting his father, Greg Blanton of Troy, Kansas.
As the Veterans were welcomed home at the Hannibal LaGrange University Campus, approximately 137 bikes from the Great River Honor Flight Escort Squadron Riders, escorted the Honor Flight Veterans, showing their appreciation and honor to those who served. Several others also welcomed the soldiers home including friends, family and emergency service personal from Police, Fire and Ambulance districts.
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