Gazette Sea Foam: Business steps up for vets

August 15, 2011 

Thanks to Carol Megathlin of Savannah for sharing a story about a local business showing its patriotism.

Carol is a board member of Honor Flight Savannah. She also is the Adopt-a-Soldier coordinator for the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Carol writes:

Bob and Linda Murr, owners of Murr Printing on Boundary Street in Beaufort, understand how quickly we are losing our country's World War II Veterans -- more than 1,000 a day.

They are the kind of patriots who step up to help make sure that these men and women, who saved our nation 65 years ago, get to visit their new National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., before it's too late.

Owen Hand, chairman of the board of Honor Flight Savannah, along with board member Fletch Maffett, presented Bob and Linda with a certificate of appreciation recently for their generosity in supplying Honor Flight Savannah, at cost, with brochures, cards and dry-mount photos.

Murr Printing is helping Honor Flight Savannah in its mission of providing an all- expense-paid trip to Washington for all World War II veterans living in southeastern South Carolina and southeast Georgia. The veterans are greeted by military and Congressional dignitaries as they arrive at the World War II Memorial, where they are thanked by visitors from all over the world for their service and sacrifice.

The veterans are then bused to Arlington National Cemetery where they observe the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Military memorials of all branches of service are included in the daylong tour.

Honor Flight Savannah depends solely upon the community -- both individuals and businesses -- to fund these trips for our World War II veterans. If you want to contribute, complete a veteran application for a trip, or volunteer to serve as a guardian on an Honor Flight, go to www.honorflightsavannah.org or call me at 912-596-1962.

We owe these veterans more than we can ever repay.

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