Hundreds of People Honor Veterans in Sparks, Help Fund Honor Flight Nevada
Honor Flight Nevada's third annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast drew a large on Monday morning. Part of the reason was because they moved locations to accommodate a larger crowd. This year's event was held in Victorian Square in Sparks. And Sparks Mayor Geno Martini couldn't have been more proud.
"There is nothing better than doing things for veterans," he said. "They deserve anything and everything we can do for them. And I'm so happy to see people here. It's all set up, they have lots of space and lots of parking. I hope they come back year after year after year!"
The money raised at Honor Flight events goes to sending veterans to Washington, D.C. to see memorials built in their honor. So far, Honor Flight Nevada has sent more than 300 veterans over the past three years. It's entirely free to every veteran because it's funded through events like today's breakfast.
"I laughed and I cried and I met so many veterans. We all still keep in touch and I have to say that I have more friends and am included in more activities now than ever before," said Gary Mouch who went on Honor Flight Nevada last year.
And while they do have four flights planned this year, they got funding for another one today from a very generous supporter.
Bob and June Sebo of Reno donated $37,000 to fund an entire flight to honor close friend, neighbor and veteran, Ray Parks.
"He was such a great guy," said Sebo. "He and I were friends for 25 years. We played a lot of golf over that time. He died last October at the age of 92. We miss him. He spent most of his life in the Coast Guard and he would have loved this program. So we decided to sponsor a flight in his name."
You can get more information on the program www.HonorflightNV.org