Honoring our WWII Veterans on Independence Day
Independence Day is a time to celebrate America and to reflect on the freedoms we hold dear. From the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord to the members of our armed services in Afghanistan, our brave Americans form an unbroken chain of American patriots dedicated to defending the principles embodied in our Declaration of Independence
World War II marked one of the greatest challenges to those principles. As the forces of Nazism and Imperialism spread in Europe and Asia, America stood virtually alone. Again, thousands of brave men and women – many from Texas – rose up to defend our country and the world.
Our freedoms are not defended with speeches or slogans, but through the willingness of brave Americans to serve, and sometimes lay down their lives. This Independence Day let us take a moment to say a special thank you to the defenders of our freedom.
This year holds special significance as Honor Flight Austin launches a new gratitude campaign for the men and women of the Greatest Generation with the help of GSD&M.
Honor Flight Austin, a 501(c) (3) non-profit, has taken over 200 WWII Veterans to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial that was built in their honor 65 years after the war was over. With help of the gratitude campaign we are hoping to find and take the approximately 1000 WWII Veterans living in and around the Austin area on “One More Tour with Honor”.
“GSD&M is proud to be involved with Honor Flight Austin and its efforts to ensure all Central Texans that served in WWII are able to see their Memorial in our nation’s capitol,” said David Rockwood, VP/Community at GSD&M. “We look forward to helping them succeed in their fundraising goals.”
Sadly, many of our WWII Veterans never had the opportunity to visit and experience their memorial. Statistics are telling us that we’re losing them at the rate of 600 to 800 per day on a national level. Unfortunately, time is not on our side.
We need the help of individuals and corporations to make this dream a reality for our remaining WWII Veterans. Let us all make a special effort to thank the men and women who secured the blessings of liberty. We must honor all of America’s veterans – and while we still can, our most senior WWII Veterans, for their service to our country.
Please take time this Independence Day and help Honor Flight Austin continue this long overdue gratitude campaign, an opportunity for all of us to say thank you to the men and women of the Greatest Generation.
You can say thank you to our WWII Veterans by making a tax-deductible donation to Honor Flight Austin by clicking the donate button below.