Last November, Nationwide Insurance and Honor Flight helped veterans visit their memorials.
Early one morning last fall, 76 World War II veterans boarded a plane bound for Washington, D.C., and a day full of memories. Thanks to a donation from Nationwide to the Columbus, Ohio, chapter of Honor Flight, these men and women traveled free of charge on this one-day trip to visit the memorial dedicated in their honor.
The Honor Flight Network is a national nonprofit organization that has helped nearly 36,000 military veterans visit their memorials since 2005. Because the country loses more than 1,000 WWII veterans every day, one of the organization’s priorities is helping these vets make the trip.
Bob Horner, vice president-governance and corporate secretary at Nationwide, volunteers with Honor Flight and has accompanied veterans to D.C. “It’s really fulfilling to help these vets,” he says. “And it’s important for us to get as many vets to Washington as soon as we can.” Veteran Charles Copenhaver, 90, of Columbus, was especially proud, having retired from Nationwide’s Gates-McDonald subsidiary in 1984. He summed up the vets’ and volunteers’ feelings: “I’m so happy Nationwide made this day possible. I can’t thank you enough.”
View the slideshow to see highlights of the trip.