Today’s Guest Speakers: Bucks County Tour of Honor (http://www.buckscountytourofhonor.org/#!/)
- Christine Ferrara, Secretary/Treasurer
- Michael DeBonis, Board Member
- Gerald Fretz, Board Member
Mike DeBonis (l) with the help of Fred Edelman
then showed an interesting, informative and moving video on a recent Bucks County Tour of Honor trip to the nation’s capital.
Christine Ferrara and Gerald Fretz
(l to r) Club President Jeff Revak, Gerald Fretz and Christine Ferrara
discussed other aspects of the Tour of Honor and the emotional impact it has had on so many of the 1,200 verterans who have had the opportunity to participate in one of these trips.
The mission and sole purpose of Bucks County Tour of Honor is to transport United States Military Veterans from the Bucks County area to Washington DC to visit memorials, buildings and other places that promote and represent the ideals of the United States of America.
At present our major focus is WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans, who are given top priority. We are also accepting applications for Korean and Vietnam War era veterans.
The Bucks County Tour of Honor experience leaves from Parx East and includes stops at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the Changing of the Guard and Wreath Laying Ceremony, Air Force Memorial, Korean War Memorial and World War II Memorial. The trip to Washington DC is followed by a “Welcome Home” celebration, dinner and entertainment hosted by Parx Casino.
Each such Tour of Honor trip costs roughly $50,000.
To date, some 1,200 veterans have traveled to Washington DC as part of this program
The Bucks County Tour of Honor is an all-expenses paid trip for the veteran and is destined to be an experience you will forever treasure.
Christine then encouraged eligible veterans to consider applying to participate in one of the future Bucks County Tours of Honor; the next one for World War II and Korean War veterans on October 1, 2018.
A spontaneous round of applause followed.