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Blue Grass Energy and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to sponsor an Honor Flight for World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans

Ben Kurtz of Lexington, Ky., and Darrell Waterfill of Harrodsburg, Ky., are among the 68 war veterans who will travel from Lexington to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 16, as part of this year’s Honor Flight. Both Kurtz and Waterfill will travel with the other Kentucky veterans for a one-day tour of war memorials in the nation’s capital.

Kurtz a 84-year-old Korean veteran, and Waterfill, a 71 year-old Vietnam veteran, will represent Blue Grass Energy, which is sponsoring the all-expenses paid trip. The mission is being coordinated by Winchester-based Honor Flight Kentucky.

The veterans will fly from Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., where they will board three buses for a full day of honors and sightseeing. They will visit war memorials in Washington and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Volunteers representing Blue Grass Energy and the other co-ops will accompany the veterans as guardians.

To further honor this year’s Honor Flight participants, Blue Grass Energy is helping organize a special welcome for their return. Families, friends and supporters are invited to arrive at Blue Grass Airport by 9 p.m. on Sept. 16 to cheer for and greet the veterans when their flight arrives from Washington. There will be additional parking available at the airport to accommodate the crowd.

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