Blackston Financial offers sizable support for Villages Honor Flight

Travis Bender, David Blackston, and Drew Blackston of Blackston Financial & Advisory Group presented Honor Flight's Jerry Lemerise, third from left, with a check for $4,000.

Several hundred party-goers enjoyed a patriotic dinner and dance Friday evening at American Legion Post #347 in Lady Lake to benefit Villages Honor Flight. The evening was sponsored by David Blackston of Blackston Financial Advisory Group. In addition to the festivities, David Blackston and his associates, Drew Blackston and Travis Bender, handed … [Read more...]

Mickey Fanatics raise $6,000 in benefit for Villages Honor Flight

YeHaa Bob entertains at an event in The Villages to benefit Villages Honor Flight.

The Mickey Fanatics in The Villages raised $6,000 for Villages Honor Flight in an event Tuesday evening at Laurel Manor Recreation Center.Two sold-out shows featured popular Walt Disney World entertainer Ye-Haa Bob Jackson.More than 15 World War II veterans were in attendance at the show.You can learn more about Villages Honor Flight by … [Read more...]

Villages Honor Flight mission salutes Villager, volunteer Bob Kitt

The changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Thirty-five veterans and their 35 guardians on Wednesday toured the war memorials on a cold and rainy day in Washington, D.C.Villages Honor Flight, M18 took off from Orlando early in the morning and carried the group to the Baltimore airport. From there, they rode by bus to Washington D.C.The group visited the Tomb of the Unknowns at … [Read more...]

‘Flightless’ Honor Flight takes WWII, Korea veterans on realistic journey

Jim Zollinger Jr. escorted his father, Jim Zollinger Sr. (USN, WW II).

The first Villages Honor Flight of 2015, held on Saturday, never got off the ground. It wasn't meant to.The 16th Villages Honor Flight was the 2nd "Flightless" Honor Flight, specially designed to honor 15 World War II and Korea military heroes and their 15 guardians who, for various reasons, are not able to endure a long day's flight to … [Read more...]

WWII vet, his Honor Flight Guardian take in Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’

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World War II veteran Gene Megyesi was accompanied on the April Villages Honor Flight by Villager Robert Hempel.The two men recently took in the Brad Pitt movie, "Fury."Megyesi, now 90 years old, went to training school to become a tank driver and then off to war."Knowing that Gene was in the Army and drove a tank into Germany during … [Read more...]

Villages Honor Flight soars during its first-ever ‘flightless’ adventure

The Lamers bus wheelchair hoist was given the 'thumbs up' by several 'Flightless Honor Flight' veterans.

The 15th Honor Flight, held Saturday, was very different. The 15 participating veterans, mostly from World War II, and their guardians, saw the military monuments and key landmarks in Washington D.C.; witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and marveled at the Park Police in action.So, why was this different? … [Read more...]

Public encouraged to turn out for ‘flightless Honor Flight’

Villages Honor Flight organizers are encouraging the public to turn out to support a “flightless Honor Flight” on Saturday.The event will recreate the Honor Flight experience for 15 veterans and their 15 guardians who won’t actually leave The Villages.The public is asked to turn out for the sendoff at 10:15 a.m. and the homecoming at 1:30 … [Read more...]

Community’s support being sought for ‘flightless Honor Flight’

Villages Honor Flight volunteers Joe and Barbara Hambright cheer on the vets with granddaughters Hanalei and Havana.

Villages Honor Flight organizers are hoping the public will turn out to support a "flightless Honor Flight" on Saturday, Sept. 27.The event will recreate the Honor Flight experience for 15 veterans and their 15 guardians who won't actually leave The Villages.These elderly veterans have a variety of health problems which prevent them from … [Read more...]

Villages Honor Flight World War II Veterans receive warm welcome

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Members of the American Legion Post #347 Honor Guard were out in force Thursday night, displaying many flags to welcome 25 World War II veterans and their guardians home from their September Honor Flight. To these guardsmen, no matter how many times they participate in Honor Flight ceremonies, it is always special to be able to give the World War … [Read more...]

Homecoming celebration Thursday for WW II veterans on Honor Flight

World War II veteran Don Fox is welcomed home by wife, Mary, on the Sept. 8, 2013 version of Villages Honor Flight.

A homecoming celebration for Villages Honor Flight will be held beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday at American Legion Post 347 in Lady Lake.Entertainment will be provided by Scooter the DJ, the Villages Twirlers, the Village Cheerleaders and Clown Alley 179.Buses carrying the returning veterans are expected in the 10:30 p.m. range.The event … [Read more...]

Villages Honor Flight seeking golfers for Nov. 22 fundraising event

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The Villages Honor Flight Annual Golf Tournament is the organization's largest fund raising event of the year.  The date for the event has been set as Nov. 22 at   Del Webb Spruce Creek. The rain-or-shine event starts with registration at 11 a.m., lunch, opening ceremony and noon shotgun start. Dinner, prizes and auction will follow. Del Webb can … [Read more...]

Alumni of Villages Honor Flight gather for reunion at Eisenhower

Marvin Jasper and Cathy Eichelsdoerfer at Saturday's Honor Flight reunion.

Villager Cathy Eichelsdoerfer spotted Marvin Jasper wearing a World War II veteran ball cap last fall at Crispers in Southern Trace shopping plaza."You need to go on Villages Honor Flight," she said to him.He didn't seem too impressed.So Eichelsdoerfer, who had already served as a Guardian on two previous Honor Flights, … [Read more...]

Fifty WW II veterans welcomed home after Villages Honor Flight


A determined crowd hung on through a long night to welcome home local veterans coming home on a Villages Honor Flight. A delayed flight kept the group of 50 World War II veterans and their Guardians from returning home to American Legion Post 347 until 2 a.m. today. Dance Fusion, Flashback and the Dueling Divas (Sue Schuler, Dawn and Ralph … [Read more...]

Off Broadway Players donate $10,000 to four worthy area causes

Ray Leggiero, president of the Off Broadway Players theater group (center) gave a total of $10,000 in donation checks to (l - r) David Howe (Silver Springs Sozo Kids), John Driscoll (Honor Flight); Carrol Neal (Lady Lake Christian Food Pantry) and Gary Kadow (SOS -- Save our Soldiers).

Ray Leggiero, the well known, ultra-talented Villages singer and stage performer, had the pleasure of handing out four checks, totaling $10,000, to worthy local charities, on Thursday at The Villages' Paradise Recreation Center, and nothing could make him more pleased. "This is what it's all about," he said, " helping local people in need." When … [Read more...]

Blackston group donates $3,000 to support Villages Honor Flight

David Blackston, left, and Drew Blackston, right present a $3,000 check to Jerry Lemerise of Villages Honor Flight.

Blackston Financial Advisory Group presented $3,000 to Villages Honor Flight Saturday evening at American Legion Post 347.David Blackston said he made the donation in part because of his late father who served in the Philippines in World War II."These veterans did so much for our country," Blackston said. "It is an honor to be associated … [Read more...]

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