John Costa’s Feb. 3 editorial “World needs Pattersons” prompted me to respond. Eugene Patterson served in the Army during World War II. Anyone — military members and civilians on the “home front” — who helped win World War II is eligible to be honored in the World War II Registry of Remembrances managed by the national World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Those so honored become a permanent part of American history.
The nonprofit Bend Heroes Foundation has honored 207 World War II veterans with free, four-day “Honor Flight” trips to Washington, D.C., visiting their national World War II Memorial and 12 other grand attractions. We will take another 100 heroes to D.C. this year beginning with our seventh trip, May 15-19. That trip is full and another will be scheduled for this fall. After these “trips of a lifetime” — as the veterans call them — we enroll the veterans in the World War II Registry.
Examples of our enrollments: Bend’s Robert D. “Bob” Maxwell, World War II recipient of the Medal of Honor and a foundation director, and the late Donald G. Brown of La Pine.
Please take the time to honor someone you know or knew who helped free the world from tyranny seven decades ago. A great source of information is military discharge records and interviews. Discharge records can be obtained by contacting any County Veterans Service Officer.
Honoring the Greatest Generation is free of charge unless a photo is included. The enrollment certificate also depicts the World War II Memorial in D.C. and would be a great gift.
Chairman, Bend Heroes Foundation