Operation Welcome Home: Honor Flight Maine Veterans
The first Honor Flight Maine trip of a lifetime for our 2017 season is scheduled to leave Portland Friday, March 31, with 45 World War II and terminally ill veterans. During this trip, the veterans will visit their national war memorials built in their honor for their service and sacrifice and participate in other planned special events.
The return flight is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, at the Portland Jetport with estimated arrival time of noon. Everyone is invited to join the celebration as we welcome home our men and women who served our country to protect our freedoms.
Please visit our website at honorflightmaine.org for updates on the flight and any changes to flight arrival on Sunday. Please “Like” Honor Flight Maine on Facebook. In addition, if you know other WW II veterans who have not been on a free Honor Flight Maine trip, please help them submit an online application, print a paper application to mail to us, or call me personally at the number below for an application to be mailed to them.
During the return trip to Maine, every veteran receives a mail package filled with letters and cards from family, friends, school children, Girl and Boy scouts, veteran organizations, churches, etc., who want to thank them for serving our country. If you would like to send a card to a veteran (you don’t have to know them personally to send a card) for this trip, please mail to the following address to be received by March 27: Honor Flight Maine – Mail Call, P.O. Box 10, Waterford, ME 04088.
Veterans & Criminal Justice Forum
What does our criminal justice system in Maine look like? Both behind the bars and behind the shield? How do our veterans fit in?
On Saturday, March 25, 6 to 8 p.m., at Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia St., Bangor, United Farmer Veterans of Maine are sponsoring a forum with law enforcement and veterans. A farm-to-table dinner will precede the forum at 5 p.m. John Ford and Mark Nickerson will also be available for book signings with books available.
Proceeds will be donated to the ongoing efforts of United Farmer Veterans of Maine to help provide a hand-up to Maine veterans looking to get into agriculture or develop an agri-business in Maine.
100th anniversary for women veterans
During March, Women’s History Month, we honor the contributions of women past and present. This year marks a significant milestone for women veterans, as it is also the 100-year anniversary of women enlisting in the U.S. military. I would like to thank all women past and present who stood up to defend our country and protect our freedoms.
Please visit the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at womensmemorial.org. This is the only major national memorial built in honor of women who have defended America throughout history. Their patriotism and bravery are a part of our nation’s heritage. The Women’s Memorial provides a collective history of women in the military along with the individual stories of registered servicewomen. I encourage all women veterans and all serving on active duty to register on your memorial.
In an effort to bring women veterans and those currently serving together in Maine, I have created a Facebook private group called Maine Women Veterans. To join this group, please connect with me on Facebook at Joy Lewis Asuncion and I will add you to the group.
Joy Asuncion is a retired 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, an Honor Flight Maine board member and a Maine Troop Greeter. You can reach Joy at email@example.com or 930-5640.