A recent fundraiser sponsored by Shady Point Horse Camp in Fredericktown, and The American Legion Post 248 in Fredericktown raised $1,900 to help send WW II veterans to Washington D.C. The money is placed in a pool to fund the trip for 30 veterans.
The trip is paid for by the “Honor Tour Of Missouri.” Rob Callahan, president of the organization said, “The purpose of the “Honor Tour” is to recognize and HONOR the service and sacrifice of our veterans.” He continued, “ Our goal is to take these deserving HEROES to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials, at no cost to them.” The Honor Tour is based out of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Callahan said, we take the veterans to Washington, D.C. for three days and two nights and put them up at nice hotels so they can see the WW II Memorial as well as the sights around Washington, D.C. The Honor Tour also takes the veterans to fine restaurants, not just fast food places Callahan pointed out. He said a professional guide is also with the tour. He said this is the 8th trip the Honor Tour has made. A total of 54 people will be leaving Perryville, Missouri at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010 on this trip.
Callahan said St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau has just become one of the major sponsors of the tour.
Kathy Casey of Shady Point Horse Camp said the program has a waiting list and applications can be found on line at www.honortour.org or at the Fredericktown American Legion Post 248 on Highway OO in Fredericktown.
Callahan said they will continue the program until they have reached as many WW II vets as possible. Then, the Honor Tour will begin taking veterans from other wars like the Korean Conflict of Vietnam.
The local benefit trail ride was held September 18.
For more information contact Kathy at the American Legion Post or visit the website.