PUEBLO WEST, Colo - Ernest DeGraw is a proud World War Two veteran who is on a new mission. He is helping to spread the word about the Honor Flight in Pueblo and keep it flying with a fundraiser. Ernest took the flight to Washington, D.C. for a unique memorial ceremony to honor veterans of the second world war, "When we arrived at the memorial, two things happened. We were met by the Majority Leader of the U.S. House and there was also a symphony playing. As we stopped before the Colorado pillar, we held our missing man ceremony. Tears flowed as we stood silently."
Ernest enlisted six days before the start of World War Two. He showed me pictures of his pilot training which included his work at the Pueblo Army Air Base. He and his crew trained on B-24's. Ernest spent 25 years in the military and when he looked at a picture of his crew, "I think about working as a team. We all depended on each other and we all came home. We stayed together as long as each man was alive."
Ernest DeGraw is psyched about the movie, Honor Flight: One Last Mission being shown in Pueblo on Saturday, May 4th at 5 p.m. and Sunday May 5th at 3 p.m. Both showings are at the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo. Tickets cost ten dollars for the movie, food and refreshments. I've put a link to the website where you can buy tickets on links we mentioned or you can call 719-542-0032. World War Two veterans are admitted free to the showings.
Philip Kittle is with the Sangre De Cristo Hospice. His organization is proud to partner up with the Honor Flight non profit to make sure that veterans get to see the movie in the city that is called the Home of Heroes and proud of spreading the message with Ernest DeGraw about the importance of the Honor Flight, "My Dad's a World War Two Veteran, I'm an Air Force Vet and to see our nation has its freedoms because of the sacrifices that were made makes me proud to link up with the Honor Flight organization. For us to do it here in Pueblo, just makes sense."
Ernest DeGraw flew with the Rocky Mountain Honor Flights out of Denver. A new chapter of Honor Flights started in 2011 and is based in Colorado Springs. This Colorado Springs group will be taking 17 veterans on May 31st.