On April 28, the two seniors will join more than 80 WWII veterans who will be traveling to the nation’s capital to witness the WWII memorials built in their honor as part of the Indy Honor Flight program.
From the age of 5, Dunn was infatuated with airplanes and Charles Lindbergh was his idol. When he could, he volunteered to join the Army Air Corps (before it became the Army Air Force).
When Dunn paid a visit to Washington DC years ago, the WWII memorial was not completed. Now he and dozens of other veterans will have the opportunity to finally see it with their own eyes.
“It is quite an honor and I am very excited to be able to share this experience with my grandson Jeff,” Dunn says. “It will be an opportunity to share and talk about it with him.”
The last surviving soldier from his platoon, Bud Vandivier says he is honored to be able to go in what would be his second plane flight in his lifetime.
Vandivier recalls his experiences as an Army police officer, saying he drove a jeep for the commanding officer to look for soldiers who had “gone over the hill.” He said they once boarded a plane to look for prisoners of war.
Now, he and many others will take a flight to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation’s freedoms.
“We are proud that our residents will have this opportunity to witness the memorial that was built for them,” says Mary Beth Piland, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe of Franklin, who will accompany Dunn and Vandivier on their trip. “This is a very special way to honor our veterans who are so very deserving of this experience.”
Before Dunn and Vandivier’s departure, Morning Pointe Senior Living executive leadership paid a visit to the assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community. Greg Vital, president and CEO, Franklin Farrow, chief operating officer, and Aaron Webb, executive vice president, each wrote warm notes of appreciation to the veterans.