Former U.S. Marine celebrates Honor Flight with family and community
Bill Horvath made a career out of service. He is a veteran of the Korean War and spent many years serving as a firefighter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The former U.S. Marine now calls Holiday Retirement’s Maple Suites home and played host to the Fire Chief of Portsmouth, the Deputy Fire Chief of Dover and 15 Dover firefighters at a luncheon help to celebrate his Honor Flight.
The attending firefighters joined more than 100 members of the Maple Suites retirement community in surprising Bill with a stellar send-off ahead of the Honor Flight he was preparing to take to Washington, D.C. The new faces weren’t the only change at the Friday lunch. Bill, his guests and the other residents found that they were dining on placemats with a special message. “Congratulations, Bill Horvath. Enjoy your Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. this Sunday the 24th. THANK YOU FOR SERVICE.”
And indeed, congratulations were in order. Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the many sacrifices of American veterans. Honor Flight recipients are flown to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials there, an opportunity that Honor Flight believes encourages reflection and closure. Bill, like all other Honor Flight recipients, had to apply for participation in the program and was selected to take the flight, along with his son, Paul, and numerous other veterans.
Bill was an artilleryman during the Korean War and spent years overseas during the course of his service. All these years later he’ll be able to reflect on that experience with his son by his side. Something that Bill is keenly aware not every serviceman or servicewoman has the opportunity to do. He noted that he’s been to Washington a number of times previously, but that this trip is something special.
Celebration of service holds a special place in our hearts. We’d like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to Bill and all the veterans who call Holiday Retirement communities home.