Emerald Coast Honor Flight is a non-profit organization honoring America's veterans. Heroes from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Washington, and Holmes counties are flown to Washington, DC to see the WWII Memorial, built in their honor for their service to our country.
Based on recent statistics, WW II veterans are dying in the United States at the rate of 1200 per day.
Emerald Coast Honor Flight is committed to doing whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans, taking them on a journey designed to honor them for their dedication, patriotism and service to our country.
The creation of Emerald Coast Honor Flight was spearheaded by Congressman Jeff Miller and is staffed by a volunteer board of directors and funded through donations. Donations from the public have made it possible for over two hundred WWII veterans from the First Congressional District to participate in the journey to our nation's capital.
For more information about Emerald Coast Honor Flight, visit http://www.emeraldcoasthonorflight.com/
ARTHUR LEONARD WILLIAMS
1918 - 2010
The sun rose on June 23, 1918, in Hattiesburg, Miss., for Arthur Leonard Williams. Mr. Williams was the second child born to the late Murray and Eunice Williams. Mr. Williams was called home to his eternal rest on January 29, 2010. He was 91. Before the sun set on his life, Mr. Williams blazed a path for others to follow. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1942 and served in World War II as a highly regarded and celebrated Tuskegee Airman. After his military service, Mr. Williams in 1963 became the first African-American supervisor at the Pensacola Naval Air Station Reworks facility. He later earned an Associate in Arts degree from Pensacola Junior College and became a licensed real estate broker. Mr. Williams was a longtime member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and sang bass in the male choir. In 2007, Mr. Williams received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, for his service with the Tuskegee Airmen. In 2009, Mr. Williams was personally invited to Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. At the ripe young age of 87, Mr. Williams graced billboards around the city of Pensacola for the YMCA, promoting the idea that a person is never too young or too old to stay physically fit. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Ella Louise Williams. He is survived by a son, Charles Williams; three sisters, Pearlie Williams, Addie Straughn and Bernice (Edward) Scott; one brother, Grady (Jean) Williams; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Because of a life filled with love, generosity and passion for his family, Mr. Williams was affectionately known as "Uncle Williams." The family would like to thank the American Legion Post 193, the Cobb Recreation Center and the Apollo Club for the many joyous occasions he enjoyed at their facilities. One of his favorite enjoyments was playing Pinochle. Read more about Arthur Williams >>
WSRE Honor Flight Documentary Pays Tribute to WWII Veterans
Honor Flight..A Journey of Heroes
WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has produced an original documentary in honor of the inaugural trip of Emerald Coast Honor Flight that took place on April 30, 2008. The one-hour documentary, Honor Flight...A Journey of Heroes, was produced in high definition (HD), and chronicles the journey of a group of Northwest Florida's veterans from the Second World War as they travel to Washington D.C. on the inaugural trip of Emerald Coast Honor Flight to visit the WWII Memorial erected at our nation's capital in their honor.
The WSRE original documentary features exclusive interviews with Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Jeff Miller, as well as other highlights that include the veterans' recollections of war, their experiences and reactions at the WWII Memorial, conversations with Emerald Coast Honor Flight guardians, and thoughts shared by families and friends. A wreath-laying ceremony, visits to the Korean and Vietnam Memorials, and the incredible heroes' welcome that these veterans received are all captured in this special documentary.
"It was an awesome, overwhelming, heartfelt and emotional homecoming for a group of veterans who, in the 63 years since the war ended, had never received such accolades," states documentary producer Jill Hubbs who also went on the trip. "I was moved to tears," she said.
Spearheaded by Congressman Jeff Miller, Emerald Coast Honor Flight, is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of regional business and community leaders and active and retired military personnel. It was created to honor WWII veterans from the First Congressional District of Florida. The inaugural flight of Emerald Coast Honor Flight, took place on April 30, 2008, with 100 veterans, traveling free of charge, to see their memorial for the first time.
Special thanks to Celebrations The Florist for donating the "Emerald Coast Honor Flight" dedication wreath to be placed at the WWII Memorial by each group of veterans making the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
Also see the official Honor Flight website at www.honorflight.org and the Emerald Coast Honor Flight website at www.emeraldcoasthonorflight.com.