THE EXAMINER: BALL ASKS COMMUNITY TO SPONSOR WWII VETERANS FOR WASHINGTON TRIP
State Sen. Greg Ball, Heroes in Transition and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 21, have planned a free road trip for 50 local World War II veterans to visit the national World War II memorial in Washington on Sept. 17.
Ball has pledged to host the trip completely free of charge for all the veterans who attend. He said about half of the money that’s needed has already been raised but is urging members of the community to help reach the $5,000 goal before the trip.
“It is so wonderful to see the community come together to help send these heroes to see the national monument built in their honor,” he said. “I am proud to announce that so far we have raised $2,200; we are almost halfway to our fundraising goal of $5,000. However, we are running out of time and need help in this final push.”
Heroes in Transition, a sponsor of the event, is accepting donations to help pay for the busing and food for the veterans. Anyone interested in donating can go to the Heroes in Transition’s website, www.heroesintransition.org, and make a donation online. Checks can also be made payable to Heroes In Transition and sent to 22 Bates Rd., Suite 135, Mashpee, Mass. 02649.
Residents can sponsor an individual World War II veteran’s trip for $100. They can also sponsor anything from a lunch for $25, all the way up to a bus for $1,000. Those that sponsor a veteran will receive a signed thank you letter along with a picture and video from the trip.
Two chartered buses will leave from Ball’s district office in Brewster and take the veterans to Washington D.C., where they will place a wreath at the memorial in honor of all World War II veterans from the 40th Senate District.
“It is our honor to be able to help these American heroes finally see the World War II memorial and also find peace by being able to pay their final respects to their dear friends and fellow military servicemen and women who lost their lives in World War II,” said Heroes in Transition President Michael Warshaw.