PAULDING, Ohio (WANE) – It was a feeling of surprise in Paulding, Ohio Saturday. Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative has spent the last four months collecting donations for Honor Flight, but when Honor Flight organizers came to pick up the $70,000 check they got something else.
“We’ve heard some rumors they exceeded that,” Northeast Indiana Honor Flight President Bob Myer said.
Those rumors were true. At the presentation, the Honor Flight Program was presented $141,754.90.
PPEC not only reached its goal of fully sponsoring one Honor Flight, the amount will cover two flights. They are flights taking veterans like Bob Franklin to the memorials honoring his service.
“The WWII Memorial was nice, it was wonderful,” the WWII Veteran said.
Franklin took the most recent Honor Flight from Fort Wayne two weeks ago. While in Washington D.C., U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly presented him with a medal for his service on the USS Yorktown.
“To me I was doing my job,” Franklin said.
That job was to command a 14-man gun crew, and at one point watch guard over President Franklin D. Roosevelt while he was at sea. It’s stories like those that make Honor Flight organizers work so hard to provide as many trips as they can. Events like the check presentation help get the word out to veterans in the area.
“There are still a few people living under rocks who haven’t heard of Honor Flight,” Myer said. “Every time we have an event like this we have a few rocks that we can roll over.”
The next Honor Flight is in September, but the plan was to use the money from PPEC to pay for the October flight. Now that they have enough money for two flights, Honor Flight organizers said they need to go back to the drawing board to see what other flight will be paid with the money.