85th Support Command Soldiers honor World War II veterans

May 14, 2013

​Photos by Anthony Taylor
85th Support Command Public Affairs Office

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — 85th Support Command Soldiers took part in an Honor Flight celebration May 10 for 10 World War II veterans.

The event was a ‘Send off’ celebration for ten World War II veterans: Bill Bickford, Robert Deitmer, Charles Christensen, Donald McAllister, Orville Meyer, John Pianowski, Tony Santopadre, Warren Schlatter, Charles Schlott, and Reinhardt Steinbart, who will be flown to Washington D.C. on May 14 to visit their memorial.
 
The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization that has flown over 100,000 veterans to Washington, DC. It consists of 117 hubs across the country. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. Many veterans say, with the exception of their wedding day and the birth of their children, the trip is the best day of their life. However, success is all but ensured. 1,000 World War II veterans die every day and getting them on an Honor Flight in time is a constant battle.
 
​Soldiers from the 85th Support Command meet World War II veterans following an Honor Flight celebration held for the veterans in Schaumburg, Ill. on May 10.
From the left: Sgt. 1st Class Maggie Cloud; Sgt. 1st Class Ruben Soto; Staff Sgt. Laborne Bannister; Staff Sgt. James Pangrazio; and Spc. Kiefer Johnson present the colors during an Honor Flight celebration held for 10 World War II veterans in Schaumburg, Ill. on May 10.​
​From the left: Sgt. 1st Class Maggie Cloud; Sgt. 1st Class Ruben Soto; Staff Sgt. Laborne Bannister; Staff Sgt. James Pangrazio; and Spc. Kiefer Johnson present the colors during an Honor Flight celebration held for 10 World War II veterans in Schaumburg, Ill. on May 10.
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