Berwyn Payne, a resident of Newark Manor Nursing Home in Newark recently attended Honor Flight in Washington DC, accompanied by his nephew Bob Hegeman.
Berwyn Payne, a resident of Newark Manor Nursing Home in Newark recently attended Honor Flight in Washington DC, accompanied by his nephew Bob Hegeman. Honor Flight priority is given to America’s most senior heroes – survivors of World War II who wish to visit their memorial in DC. Since America felt it was important to build a memorial to the service and the ultimate sacrifice of these veterans, the Honor Flight Network believes it’s equally important that they get to visit and experience the memorial.
Mr. Payne served in the Marines from 1943-1946. He was a Private First Class Rifleman who was often “praying to reach Corporal.” He taught military History at Gates Chili High School. After retiring from teaching, he became an antiques dealer and he and his wife of 58 years, Eve, Eve of did extensive traveling throughout the United States and overseas.
“Being able to go on the Honor Flight was one of the best experiences of my life and I’m very grateful that it was made possible,” he said.
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport America’s heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation — and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 World War II veterans die each day. Time to express thanks to these brave men and women is running out.