The Ford Motor Co. is sponsoring a group of Cleveland-Area veterans trip to the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. this Memorial Day.
The “Ford Fund” sponsors this honor flight. Fifty Word War II Veterans from Cleveland and other parts of Ohio will travel to Washington D.C. this weekend and will be greeted at the national World War II Memorial by members of Congress and Ford Employees. This trip was organized by Honor Flight Cleveland, the northeast Ohio hub of the Honor Flight Network.
In addition to the World War II Memorial, the veterans and their guardians are also visiting memorials dedicated to veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War, Iwo Jima and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Arlington National Cemetery.
This is the second consecutive year the Ford Motor Company Fund has sponsored an Honor Flight for the Cleveland-area Veterans.
Ford Motor Company’s support for veterans started more than 90 years ago when Henry Ford led a cross-country caravan of 50 Ford Model T’s to transport disabled veterans to their convention. Since 1974, Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund have provided more than $8 million to veteran organizations, including support for the National World War II Memorial. Ford Fund is sponsoring three Honor Flights this year, which will bring the total Ford-sponsored Honor Flights since 2011 to nine.
The Ford Veterans Network Group, one of the company’s corporately supported Employee Resource Groups, sponsors activities in support of its veterans, military personnel and their families. Ford employs more than 7,000 U.S. veterans along with hundreds of active military personnel and U.S. reservists and guardsmen.
George Waikem Ford applauds the Ford Motor Co. for helping and supporting local veterans. Here at our Massillon showroom, we are also taking care of local Veterans. When you walk through the door of any Waikem Dealership, you will see a sticker that says “we honor our troops with military discounts.”
Make sure you visit George Waikem this Memorial Day weekend and view our tribute the troops. Local man Ken McGill is displaying his 1968 Harley Davidson Motorcycle in our Ford showroom, along with a memorial to all 11 Perry High School graduates who have died in combat since the Vietnam War. Even if you are not in the market for a new or used vehicle, please take a minute to view the bike and pay your respect to the men and women who have gave it all in the name of freedom.