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Organization helping seniors – Honor Flight Network

Honor Flight Network is a national non-profit organization that recognizes American veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them for free to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial, which may include either the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For these veterans who are selected for the trip, seeing the memorial and reflecting on their experiences during the war is very emotional event which would not be possible without the help of the Honor Flight Network.

This trip is the only opportunity that many veterans will have to see their respective memorial. Especially those veterans who served in WWII. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. For this reason, the Honor Flight Network gives top priority to World War II survivors, along with those other Veterans who may be terminally ill. Subsequent to the World War II veterans, efforts will then focus on our Korean War and then Vietnam War veterans, honoring them similarly. In fact, some Honor Flight hubs are now accepting applications from Korean and Vietnam Veterans.

The Honor Flight Network was co-founded in 2007 by Earl Morse, the son of a Korean and Vietnam War veteran, and Jeff Miller, a small business owner and son of a WWII veteran. Both men were concerned that WWII veterans would never get the chance visit the new memorial which opened to the public in 2004. In just over 10 years of existence, the Honor Flight Network has grown to encompass 140 regional hubs across the United States and has escorted more than 200,000 veterans to Washington D.C. at no cost to see their memorials.

If you are a Veteran (or close to someone who is) and would like to find out more about the Honor Flight Network or would like to fill out an application to participate in the program, please visit the Honor Flight Network website or call 937-521-2400.

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Grieving is something we never want to go through, but unfortunately, it’s a part of life. Most of us at one time or another have experienced grief, either first-hand through the loss of a loved-one or by trying to help a friend who was going through the process. In order to understand grief, it’s important to know that losing a loved one can be a life-changing event. It’s an emotional roller coaster that can take a while to get off. Some people never do.READ MORE

Letting Your Legacy Live On

Have you ever thought about how much your children and grandchildren actually know about your life?

It may be surprising to learn that many of us have very little knowledge about the lives of our grandparents and we know even less about our great grandparents. According to a survey conducted by Ancestry.com, one in three adults couldn’t name any of their great-grandparents. Why is this important? Because knowing more about who and where we came from can help us learn more about ourselves. Passing on stories and traditions to your children and grandchildren not only helps to preserve your legacy, it helps teach some valuable life lessons as well.

And don’t worry if you think you’ve lived a less than exciting life. What may not seem like a big deal to you might have a lot of meaning to others. We all have interesting stories to tell, so tell them. Here are a few ways that you can start preserving your legacy:

 

Write down family traditions

Even if you no longer do them, traditions give us all a sense of belonging. Think about some of the family traditions you had as a child, or even those you’ve heard about from long-lost relatives.

 

Write down family stories

Maybe your grandfather ran away from home at 12 years old to join the circus. Or you’re your great uncle Bob was a minor league baseball player. Or Aunt Helen served in the Army Nurse Corps in WWII. Maybe your parents got engaged on the Empire State Building, or maybe they got engaged on the farm. It doesn’t matter. What’s important is being able to pass on the story.

 

Write down stories about you

Don’t forget about yourself. Nobody knows more about you than you do. You can also record a video.

 

Pass along skills

Even the skills you think are not important might offer a fun learning and bonding experience for your grandchildren.

 

Write down family recipes

It might be fun to gather up all of your family recipes (the good ones!), make multiple copies and put them in a binder for your children or grandchildren.

 

Family photos (who’s who)

Most of us have a collection of family photos. In fact, you may have several old photos that your parents and grandparents had collected. The problem most of us have with old family photos is that we don’t always know who is in the picture. Don’t let this happen to your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Make a note on the back of your photos (recent and not-so-recent) as to who everyone is.

 

Take a DNA test

DNA tests are relatively inexpensive and very easy to do. You might be surprised to find out that what you thought were your roots, aren’t really your roots at all.

 

Start a Family Tree

Most of us have someone in the family who maintains the family tree, but if your family is lacking one, then by all means, start one. You can begin by listing information on everyone you know about and how they are all connected. Once you’ve done that, there are plenty of online resources available to help you get more information.

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The end of life conversation is not an easy conversation to have, and that’s why many people simply choose not to partake in the discussion. But not discussing your plans with your adult children can sometimes lead to issues down the road. Issues that can easily be prevented with a simple conversation. With families gathering together for the holiday season, now may be your best opportunity to have this important discussion.READ MORE

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