Seth Carpenter, an 8th grade student at Robert L. Bland Middle School (RLBMS), has made it his mission to raise money to send five veterans on the Honor Flight which will take place on Oct. 7.
Honor Flight is a non-profit organization, that transports American veterans to Washington D.C., to visit memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their comrades.
“Since I have been old enough to remember, I have always wanted to be a United States Marine. I feel like it’s what I was born to do. I have an unmeasurable amount of respect and love for our veterans and current military service men and women,” said Carpenter.
Carpenter’s father was going to be a marine, however due to a sporting injury was unable to serve in the way he had envisioned.
Currently, Carpenter is preparing to join the Marines once old enough, by staying physically fit, by playing sports, to strengthen himself, gain muscle mass and build up his endurance.
He has also attended a Veteran of Foreign War Camp at Camp Dawson for the last three years, which he said has made his love and respect of veterans grow even more.
Carpenter said that at Camp Dawson he has learned a multitude of information from veterans and current military personnel.
“We learned how to treat the veterans with the respect they deserve and the importance of the American Flag,” said Carpenter.
Carpenter plans to enlist in the Marines after he graduates from high school and become a diesel technician, while in service. After he serves the country as a marine, he plans to attend a technical school, then open a family business.
Carpenter is asking the community to help him reach his goal of sending five veterans on the Honor Flight, which will cost between $1,500 - $2,500.
To date Carpenter has raised almost $900.
Carpenter will have cans places at various locations throughout Lewis County where citizens can donate spare change. Locations include Swisher Feed, Foster Feed, Rastle’s Auto parts, The Corner Mart, The Service Station, Giovanni’s, NAPA Auto, KBB Kiddz, Quality Carpet, Transformation Salon and Deb’s Diner.
Carpenter is also hosting a gun raffle, which will have three winners on May 1. The cost of a raffle ticket is $20. The different types of firearms include a Smith and Wesson 223, Smith and Wesson 45 Shield and a Remington Predator.
Seth will be the youngest guardian to ever be on an Honor Flight, this October.
“To have a young student from Lewis County, have such an immense aspiration to want to serve and help veterans is overwhelming,” said Flight Hub Director Tanya Cayton.
For donations or more information contact Cayton at 304-626-1117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checks can be made payable to Honor Flight Huntington (memo Clarksburg) and mailed to 400 W. Main Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301.