UPS Makes a Donation to Honor Flight
COLUMBIA - They're typically shipping your packages, but Monday they honored World War II veterans. The Columbia UPS center donated $1800 to Honor Flight in memory of one of its own employees.
Richard Whitaker died in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 13. He was to accompany the Honor Flight from Kingdom City to Columbia on his motorcycle Tuesday night. His co-workers and family decided the donation would be a fitting tribute.
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"The people that he had met along the way, he just really enjoyed it so much that I couldn't think of a more perfect thing and he loved it," Natalie Whitaker, his widow said. "He loved it."
The money raised will send six veterans to see their memorials in Washington D.C. The new Honor Flight flying season starts Tuesday with flight number 11. You can welcome home a World War II veteran by going to Columbia's Courtyard by Marriott no later than 10:45 p.m.