Nov. 8 was proclaimed as Raymond Curry Recognition Day in Columbia in honor of Curry’s service in the Korean War and his recent experience with honor flight.
“We are honored to be able to recognize Mr. Curry for his service to our country,” said Mayor Pam Hoots.
In addition to Curry, Vietnam veterans Larry Rooks and Gary Melton and Army veteran Ray Meece were also honored for their service at the proclamation.
Curry, 91, earned a bronze star during his service in the Korean War and went on an honor flight with the Honor Flight Kentucky program on Sept. 21, where he and 71 other veterans from World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War were flown to Washington, D.C. for free on a one day tourist trip to visit the national monuments and memorials that are dedicated to their service and sacrifices.
Honor Flight Kentucky is one of 130 plus non-profit charitable chapters located in 42 states that compose the Honor Flight Network.
“Our nation is losing more than 1,500 World War II veterans and more than 500 Korean War veterans each and every day. Our goal is to get as many of these brave heroes from Central, Eastern, and Southern Kentucky to see their memorials before they pass away,” Honor Flight Kentucky states on its website. “More than 250 veterans are on our waiting list for flights next year. Our focus on every component is for the safety and comfort of the participants, and we orient each aspect to create a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“It was a good trip,” said Curry.
Veterans and their guardians can learn more about Honor Flight Kentucky and apply to participate in an honor flight at honorflightky.org.