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Honor Flight, Pull! For Our Veterans Sporting Clay Tournament 2021

Honor Flight, Pull! For Our Veterans Sporting Clay Tournament 2021

Article by MaryAnn Ketcham

Take your best shot!  Join the excitement and thrill of a Sporting Clay Tournament supporting Southeast Honor Flight and POW-MIA-OREE (Prisoner of War-Missing in Action-Outdoor Remembrance Educational Events.) 

Save the Date, Saturday, Feb. 27th, and aim for the South Florida Shooting Club located at 500 SW Long Drive in Palm City, beginning at 8 am.  Admission includes a BBQ lunch, raffles, and an awards ceremony.

Sponsored by prominent St. Lucie County dermatologist and philanthropist Dr. Shamsher Singh, who recently presented a $10,000 check to the organization, the event honors the memory of Vietnam Veteran John Knox Bailey. 

Bailey, the husband of Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, served in the U.S. Navy, working as part of the 'Brown Water' Navy that patrolled the waterways inside Vietnam.  Honorably discharged in 1966 with a ranking of Seaman Apprentice E-2,  the South Carolina native moved to the Treasure Coast. 

"He rarely spoke of his military service," said Hudson.  "But he credited his service as the basis for his many successes in life."

Like many other young Vietnam Veterans, Bailey returned home to a seemingly ungrateful populace and tended to keep his experiences to himself. 

He retired from the US Postal Service in 2003 and was an avid fan of clay shooting. 

Sadly, Bailey did not have the opportunity to experience an Honor Flight for which he qualified and where he would have received the heroes welcome he so vastly deserved. 

Southeast Honor Flight is a 100% volunteer organization that currently flies Veterans from WWII, the Korean, and Vietnam Wars to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. 

Funds raised ensure that local Veterans from St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Indian River, and Palm Beach Counties fly entirely free of charge.

Paired with a volunteer guardian, each Veteran can rest assured that someone is there to assist them throughout the day-long journey.  The pairing is mutually gratifying for the guardian, who learns a bit of history through the Veteran's stories, and has the opportunity to establish a deep-seated friendship.

The POW-MIA-OREE component helps ensure that "No Soldier Will Ever Be Forgotten."  Each year, this nonprofit organization live reads the names of Veterans interred in National Cemeteries.  Custom Challenge Coins, later placed on the headstones, serve as keepsakes for the families. 

Help honor our Nation's Veterans, present and past, with a sponsorship.  Or, grab some fellow enthusiasts and sign-up for this unforgettable event.

Please visit, HonorFlightSELF.org for additional information.

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