With the focus of raising funds and public awareness, last year, the Broward County Association of Student Councils (BCASC) came up with a plan to honor veterans as part of the South Florida Honor Flight mission. Through the project, middle and high schools raised approximately $30,000 to send 43 World War II and Korean War veterans to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
For the second straight year, the BCASC is raising funds for the South Florida Honor Flight. Student officers attended today’s, December 9, 2014, School Board meeting to present their plans and ask for support of the Districtwide project. This year’s goal is to raise enough money to send at least 112 veterans to Washington, DC in the Spring Honor Flight leaving from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in May 2015. Students will also prepare items for the trip, as well as a special homecoming parade and celebration when the veterans return.
As part of the BCASC Honor Flight project and awareness campaign, students invited retired Lt. Col. Leo Gray, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen WWII fighter pilots, as a special guest speaker during their meeting on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., at Flanagan High School. Gray, who is one of the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces, served the 100th Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group.
“We are especially proud of our students for providing a gift of thanks and gratitude to our veterans for their sacrifices, and for raising awareness of the Honor Flight,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We are honored to support their efforts.”
South Florida Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The organization transports the veterans to Washington to visit and reflect at war memorials. Top priority is given to senior veterans – World War II survivors – along with other veterans who may be terminally ill. Veterans visit the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Iwo Jima Memorial, during their one-day visit to the nation’s capitol.
For more information about the BCASC’s fundraising efforts, contact Michael Roland, Student Activities, at 754-321-1200, or email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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