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Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office raised enough money to sponsor four guardians and their veteran for the flight.
Honor Flight of West Central Florida:
Three Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office employees were aboard the Honor Flight as guardians to a veteran:
- Community Service Officer Barbara Jones
- Senior Secretary Sharon Richmond
- Reserve Deputy Ken Escobio
On May 27, 2014, eighty veterans and eighty guardians arrived at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport at 4:00 a.m., for the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The veterans visited the Air Force Memorial, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial & Korean War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, and the National World War II Memorial.
Allegiant Air donated the plane and flight crew for the Honor Flight. Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office raised enough money to sponsor four guardians and their veteran for the flight. The cost for each guardian is $400.00.
Upon the veteran's return, they received an escort by the Honor Guard. The veterans were presented with a coin as well as a photo of their trip. The veterans received a hero's welcome as approximately 1,000 people honored the veterans home. Active duty military, first responders, Bay Shore Patriot, Patriot Guard, American Legion groups and civilians were on hand to welcome the veterans home.
To date, Honor Flight of West Central Florida has flown 1,256 Veterans to Washington, D.C. To see their Memorials. For more information, visit www.honorflightwcf.org