November 22, 2019

Seekonk Lions Club sends Veteran to Washington, D.C.

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On June 16th, Seekonk WWII Veteran Jerry Downes, along with his daughter Mary Xavier took a flight to Washington, D.C. courtesy of Honor Flight New England and the Seekonk Lions Club. Through generous donations, Honor Flight New England transports our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials At No Cost To The Veteran.

The Seekonk Lions Club paid the expenses for Mary to travel with her father to spend a memorable day. Both Jerry and Mary came to the Lions September meeting at the Grist Mill Restaurant to tell the club members of their experience traveling with 50 other New England veterans and their families. “They did a fabulous job!” said Mary. “We had teams of guides and medical personnel with us every step of the way; they really made sure we were taken care of.” Jerry, 94 years old, said he was happy to go. “I went to serve right out of high school as a navy pilot on the Carrier Enterprise.” “To have this opportunity, it was special.”

The Seekonk Lions will be making a substantial donation to Honor Flight New England to help other veterans in the region to visit Washington, D.C. as Jerry did and enjoy. Please visit Honor Flight New England at https://honorflightnewengland.org. Browse the pictures of Jerry and his fellow veterans visiting on that day. And while there, make a donation.

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