Lewis County High School student Seth Carpenter is still collecting donations for the 2018 Honor Flight, scheduled for September 15, leaving from North Central West Virginia Airport.
Carpenter has been fundraising for the Honor Flight for two years now, having cans set up at area locations, which are Giovanni’s, Deb’s Diner, Jackson’s Mill Corner Mart, Main St. Grill and Cafe, The Service Station, and TJ’s Greenhouse. Cans will be collected within the first two weeks of August. Carpenter said the cost to send one veteran on the Honor Flight is $500.
Carpenter comes from a military family, which includes his great-grandfather who served as a marine during World War II, and his grandfather, Jerry Hall, who is an Army veteran.
Carpenter will serve as Hall’s guardian on this year’s Honor Flight. Carpenter himself plans to enter the Marine Corps upon graduation from high school.
The Honor Flight is important to Carpenter and he realizes the importance of the flight for veterans, as well.
“Patriotism is not taught anymore, and veterans don’t get to see the memorials [in Washington, D.C.], and the Honor Flight allows them to see them,” he said.
Carpenter’s mom, Amy, added that the flight also gives veterans the welcome home they may not have had when they returned from war. Carpenter hopes everyone will help in some way, but said that at the least, “Thank a veteran if you see one.”
One of the organizers, Tanya Cayton, said the plane has a capacity for 100 veterans and she expects to fill the plane again this year.
The deadline for applications has been extended until Aug. 7.
Cayton said they are also looking for donations, as the cost increased $12,000 this year.
Applications and information can be sent to [email protected] Donations can be sent to Honor Flight, Attention Amy Carpenter or Tanya Cayton, 230 E. 2nd St. Weston, WV 26452. Please mark check payable to Huntington Honor Flight.