Gardner Legion members watched the sun set on the Marine Memorial, Iwo Jima, in Washington, D.C. last week. The locals served as escorts for 54 veterans on a one-day Honor Flight to visit their war and service memorials. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization tasked with flying veterans to Washington. More than 1,200 World War II veterans die every day.

Members of the Gardner American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders helped escort 54 Kansas and Missouri veterans on a day long trip to Washington, D.C. to visit veterans’ memorials. Submitted photos by Claud Hobby

Pictured are Jeff Barber, Gardner, and his veteran, Carl Greg; Jim Moore, Gardner, and his veteran Leroy Gore; Mike Phillips and his veteran, Paul Tredo; Claud Hobby, Gardner, and his veteran, Paul Small; Randy Sparks and his veteran, Roy Francis; and Cary Guild and his veteran, Don Berning.

Although former Sen. Bob Dole’s health has limited his public appearances lately, a sunny day and a bus load of veterans on an Honor Flight from Kansas City brought Dole out to greet them at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. last week. Six Gardner residents assisted with the Honor Flight.