Lebanon Reporter

July 19, 2013

Local man surprised with flight of his life

By Sarah Lang The Lebanon Reporter
Lebanon Reporter

---- — Homewood Health Campus resident Bruce Bourne started talking to a fellow resident last fall. They both learned they were World War II veterans and had a lot in common. Bourne’s new friend didn’t stay at Homewood very long, just 10 days. He had gotten sick, was taken to the hospital and passed away.

But a few months later, a woman came to visit Bourne. She was the late friend’s daughter. Apparently, the man Bourne met that day had passed the information along to his daughter, Kathy Trenary, with some special instructions.

“She came up to me and said, ‘You’re going on an honor flight in June,’” Bourne said. “And I said, ‘what?!’”

The Honor Flight Network is a not-for-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans. The veterans are flown to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect on their memorials. Top priority is given to World War II veterans.

Bourne had known about the organization for years, but never thought he would have an opportunity to participate. But he must have made an impression on that man he met last fall.

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