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Gazette Thank You Letters for June 13

To Honor Flight

I recently had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with an amazing organization, Honor Flight of the Lowcountry.

My dad is 89 years old and a veteran of World War II. Through the efforts of this group, on May 7 he as able to make a trip to the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., all expenses paid.

The Honor Flight of the Lowcountry is a nonprofit organization that depends solely on private donations to make this trip possible for any WWII vet who is able to make the trip. The group my dad traveled with was the largest group yet from our area, 114 vets and "guardians" and volunteers, for a total of about 175 people.

The guardians pay $500 out of their own pocket to make this trip to assist the vets, and my heartfelt thanks goes out to Amy Fore for taking care of my dad for the day. US Airways provided the transportation and everyone involved did everything they could to make this a day to remember.

One of the best parts of the day besides seeing the memorial was the hero's welcome these men and women received upon returning to Charleston that evening. Approximately 300 people were on hand to greet them and thank them for their service to our country. Trust me, there weren't many dry eyes in the place.

To find out how you can help, go to www.honorflightlowcountry.com.

Joy Corley

Beaufort

For amazing talent

I can't remember ever attending two concerts featuring the same lead entertainers in a single weekend. But the May 28 "Blues and Jazz" concert featuring Marlena Smalls et al. and the Delbert Felix Trio was so good that it drew us back for the second nigh and it surely did not disappoint.

In addition to Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers, the Sunday show, "Sounds of Gospel," featured the "Men of Praise," an assembly of rich, resonant voices that left an enthusiastic, receptive audience pleading for more.

Marlena Smalls, of course, needs little introduction. Her stellar performances over the years in the Lowcountry (and around the world) have built an impressive, loyal following -- and no wonder. Her smooth, soulful voice together with her commanding stage presence place her in the top tier of her genre. What a treat to have such incredible talent right here on our Beaufort stage.

If you have the opportunity see these folks in the future, don't miss them. I promise you a terrific show that will leave you totally exhilarated.

Kathy Johnston

Dataw Island

To Publix

Jasper County is pleased to have a Publix supermarket, which opened in Hardeeville just about a year ago. On May 13, it supplied Jasper County Neighbors United with a real treat.

This nonprofit organization serves Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties in the areas of human services, community development, housing, education, and family and youth development.

We were treated to a delicious dinner from the Publix deli. It is a blessing to have such a wonderful supermarket in our county.

Florette Ford

Hardeeville

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