Bob Cooper, resident at Luther Oaks, recently went on a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight trip. He and Resident Life Director of Luther Oaks, Taylor Pocopanni, made a Power Point of his recent trip to Washington D.C. so he could share this exciting event in his life with family, friends and neighbors.
Bob went to Kiwanis on Veteran’s Day and presented his Power Point and discussed his trip. He then presented to a full audience of neighbors at Luther Oaks.
“He wanted to share his story with fellow Korean and WWII veterans and encourage them to participate in the Honor Flight program,” said Taylor, “Residents were moved by his presentation, and especially liked that he incorporated descriptions and the significance of the different memorials he had seen during his tour.”
Bob served his country in WWII in the Army, but at the end of the war, he was stationed in Korea on occupation duty for 14 months.
His son accompanied him on his Honor Flight trip as his guardian. Guardians are individuals who help the veterans out on their day of honor. It was a day full of memories and emotions. There are a few surprises for the veterans throughout the day, and even into the evening as they come back home.
Bob had approached Taylor a few months ago, and asked whether she would be able to help him out with the presentation. Taylor was able to work with Bob to put all of his photos into a full Power Point so he would be able to easily present them to others. His son took many pictures of the day, and Bob and Taylor put over 50 pictures into the Power Point to exemplify the day.
“I hoped my presentation would help to find other veterans to take the trip, not just Luther Oaks’ veterans, but all WWII and Korean War veterans,” Bob stated.
Since Tuesday, one veteran already approached Bob, saying he would like to apply. The resident had thought about going on Honor Flight previously, but was hesitant to complete the application. Taylor said, “After enjoying Bob’s presentation so much, he decided he should take advantage of the Honor Flight program and hopes to be invited on an upcoming flight.”
Honor Flight is a nation-wide program, which flies WWII and Korean, and in some situations, veterans of other conflicts, to Washington D.C., free of charge to see their memorials. If interested, visit www.honorflight.org to find a regional hub near you.