It also marked a special occasion for 26 World War II veterans from Kentucky and their guardians.
The Ford Motor Company Fund sponsored an Honor Flight that sent them to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Organized by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network, the veterans’ trip began with greetings from Ford employees and Congress members before they set off to visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial and Iwo Jima Memorial.
The trip is the first of three Honor Flights for the year, resulting in over $50,000 of Ford financial support. The Cleveland Honor Flight will take place on June 19 and the Kansas City Honor Flight sometime in September.
The Ford Motor Company Fund also announced a $278,000 grant to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), with $200,000 going toward the purchase of an additional seven vehicles for the DAV Transportation Network and $78,000 to the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and other programs.
Henry Ford began supporting the DAV in 1922 when he donated vehicles to transport World War I veterans to the second national convention.
Since then, Ford has donated 171 vehicles to the DAV fleet that transports disabled veterans to medical appointments.
This most recent grant will bring the tally beyond $6.5 million in veteran support just since 1996.
Paul Obaugh Ford of Staunton Virginia must say, that is a job well done.