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Bethany Village residents prepare for Honor Flight

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 Bethany Village residents prepare for Honor Flight

Centerville, Ohio (March 17, 2015) – Five men, all residents of Bethany Village, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) based in Centerville, Ohio, will take part in the Honor Flight on Saturday, April 11. The men have different military backgrounds and varied career paths but are all proud veterans.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans. Each veteran selected for an honor flight receives an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to view monuments including the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials.

Resident veterans participating in the flight are Jim Huff, Michael Vision, James Travis, Fritz Thomas and Pete Gillaugh. Mr. Gillaugh’s son will accompany the men on the trip as a volunteer and guardian.

Many of the men are active in the Bethany Village veteran’s club, led by Jim Huff.  The Bethany Village Life Enrichment team is coordinating the trip and making it a reality for the men.

“I expect it will be emotional,” states Pete Gillaugh of visiting the monuments with other veterans. “I have friends buried in Arlington National Cemetery.”

“It will be a different experience… to see the monuments with other men who have served,” agrees Michael Vision. “I’m really looking forward to the trip.”

A public celebration is planned for the men at Dayton International Airport at 10 p.m. on April 11. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend as a way to thank the men for their military service.

To learn more about Bethany Village, visit . To learn more about Honor Flight and to nominate a veteran for a future trip, please visit


Bethany Village is sponsored by Graceworks Lutheran Services, a nonprofit organization for residential and community care services based in Centerville, Ohio. www..


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