NMSU ROTC to send off WWII Honor Flight

Tonya Suther

NMSU

More than 50 World War II veterans from southern New Mexico will visit the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. when the New Mexico State University Army and Air Force ROTC ceremoniously send them off at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, from the north side of the Pan American Center parking lot.

“The people on the honor flight, they’ve served their country, and some haven’t seen the memorial before, so it’s an honor for them to go see the monument,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Bennett, AFROTC commander. “And it’s also an honor for the cadets to be a part of that. I think it’ll mean a lot to the cadets to see just what kind of heritage they’re getting into.”

Army and Air Force ROTC cadets will get veterans on their way as they assist them with loading their luggage on the bus. Cadets, in dress uniform, will then form the ceremonious arch of swords, which veterans and their escorts will walk under as they board the bus. Respecting the venture, a line of cadets will salute the departing bus, which will then transport them to El Paso International Airport.

“The cadets who participated in the send off last year are thrilled to do it again,” said Capt. Jason Adams, an assistant professor of aerospace studies at NMSU.

The veterans and their escorts will spend two nights in Washington D.C. where they will visit the WWII memorial and attend a luncheon. They will also have the opportunity to see the Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean and Vietnam War memorials on the two-mile stretch of the National Mall. They will return to Las Cruces Friday night, Oct. 7.

For more information, contact Capt. Jason Adams at 575-646-2136.

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