Two Korean War veterans from Westerly, Philip Panciera and Gilbert Scott, who both served in the Army, were scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., on Saturday on an Honor Flight sponsored by the Rhode Island Retired Deputy Sheriffs Association.
Veterans from around the country make the trips to the nation’s capital to visit the war memorials on the Mall and Arlington National Cemetery. When they reach Washington, they are greeted by welcoming parties at the airports, and dignitaries are on hand to meet the veterans and their companions at the various memorials. The state hub for the Honor Flight Network, based in Springfield, Ohio, is the Rhode Island Associaton of Fire Chiefs, and that group is listed on the network’s schedule. However, this flight was financed by the sheriffs retirees, which raised $13,500 through charity golf tournaments, according to an article in the Providence Journal on Friday.
The flight from Rhode Island on Saturday will be carrying nine World War II veterans and 15 Korean War veterans, officials reported.