Honor Flight Experience will simulate D.C. tour for veterans

They fought to keep America safe. Honor Flight Southern Nevada is doing something for them in return.

The nonprofit regularly takes World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials. But for veterans who are unable to make the trip due to health reasons, the Honor Flight Experience is set for Feb. 24 in Las Vegas.

The Experience will feature a luncheon, a video tour of the memorials and presentations to acknowledge the veterans’ service. The event is free for veterans, and they can sign up at honorflightsouthernnevada.org or by calling 702-749-5912.

The next Honor Flight Southern Nevada trip to Washington, D.C., is set for April 27-29. Each trip takes up to 30 veterans to Washington, D.C. The most recent trip was Oct. 27-29 and involved 29 veterans.

A free trip is nice, but it’s the message behind it that makes a difference to the veteran, said Belinda Morse, an Honor Flight board member. “It gives them closure. It give them the opportunity to, what I hear from them is, it gives them to opportunity to see that they’re still appreciated.”

Veterans have sent her thank-you cards, Morse said, telling her it was one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.

“One of the veterans suffered from post-tramatic stress disorder,” Morse said, “and he wrote and told us that this trip gave him so much closure that, after seeing the horrors of war, to see that it wasn’t for nothing, that (what he experienced) was worth it.”

Chicago-area native David Soifer was drafted into the Army he was 19.

“My country was at war, and I wanted to help,” he said.

After 16 weeks of training, which included 15-mile hikes (“My feet would bleed,” Soifer said. “They had an ambulance follow behind us.”), he was on a ship to Tokyo, then flown to Seoul, South Korea.

“I was stationed in a place called Wonju,” he said. “You pronounced it ‘one Jew.’ Funny, because I’m Jewish.”

One of his high-school friends, Marshall “Junior” Eisenberg, was stationed in Wonju, too. Soifer worked in administration and was on rotation for guard duty. He underwent regular target-practice sessions but never had the chance to shoot at the enemy.

That’s because most of the time the base was getting bombed by aircraft.

“Bombs were falling all around,” Soifer recalled. “There was nothing you could do except dive into a hole for protection and pray. … You got plenty scared, realizing that you might not make it home.”

It became common, he said, more bombs falling until American aircraft could chase them off or knock them out of the sky. Each bombing episode lasted about 15 minutes, Soifer said.

One night, a bomb hit the ground about 60 feet from where Soifer was taking cover, he said. It landed near the spot where Eisenberg was taking cover. When the bombing raid was over, Soifer hurried over and learned that his schoolmate, with whom he’d attended college months earlier, did not survive.

Soifer finished his commitment to the Army and was discharged as a corporal. He would go on to own a liquor store.

He was selected to travel to Washington with Honor Flights, but he declined.

“I don’t want to go. I can hardly walk,” the 89-year-old said. “I’d be a burden. Besides, I’ve seen Washington, D.C.”

Instead, he will take a virtual tour of the war memorials at the February event.

Contact Jan Hogan at jhogan@viewnews.com or 702-387-2949.

Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Longtime Las Vegas attorney John Momot dies at age 74
Criminal defense attorney John Momot, who represented mob figures and even played himself in the movie “Casino,” has died.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
5 things connecting Las Vegas and Marilyn Monroe
1. Marilyn Monroe, known then as Norma Jeane, obtained her first divorce in Las Vegas at the age of 20 on September 13, 1946. 2. According to some biographers, Monroe lived at 604 S. 3rd Street for four months during the summer of 1946. The house has since been torn down and is now the site of a parking lot. 3. In 1954, Monroe almost married Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas but the wedding was called off last minute. The wedding was to be held at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas which was located on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. 4. Las Vegas has at least one road dedicated to the star. Marilyn Monroe Avenue is located in east Las Vegas and intersects with Betty Davis Street and Cary Grant Court. 5. There are currently more than 20 Marilyn Monroe impersonators for hire in the Las Vegas Valley.
Sir Richard Branson announces purchase of Hard Rock Hotel
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has acquired the Hard Rock Hotel with partners and plans to turn it into a Virgin-branded property by the end of 2019.
3 Centennial High School students killed in Calif. crash (Full)
Three Centennial High School students were killed Thursday morning in Southern California when their vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver while they were enjoying their spring break, according to a family member of one of the victims.
Retail Restroom Sexual Assault Suspect
Las Vegas police are asking for help finding a man they said groped a woman in a south Las Vegas Valley restroom. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Calvary Christian Learning Academy, “There was no fair warning.”
Samantha O’Brien, whose three-year-old daughter attended the Calvary Christian Learning Academy daycare, found out Monday night when her daughter’s teacher called about the school closing.
Mojave Max at Springs Preserve
File footage of Mojave Max at Springs Preserve. (Springs Preserve)
Companies bet their futures on cryptocurrency
Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs talk about finding their niche in blockchain enabled technologies and digital currency.
Solar panels reduce energy bill for CCSD
Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School is one of 42 CCSD schools with solar panel installations, saving approximately $514,000 per year in energy costs.
Red carpet at MGM for Dan Reynolds Believer screening
Kats on the red carpet for the VIP screening of "Believer," the documentary by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.
Driver dies in single-vehicle crash
One person is dead after an early Wednesday morning crash in the northwest valley. The single-vehicle crash was called in about 1:35 a.m. on Jones Boulevard just north of Deer Springs Way, according to Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Robert Stauffer. The driver, who was the only person inside the vehicle, died at the scene.
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services On Thursday, Uber launched its Uber Health platform for healthcare providers. Medical facilities, rehab centers, clinics and hospitals can book rides for patients from a centralized dashboard – no app required. According to Techcrunch, Uber Health general manager Chris Weber noted some 3.6 million Americans miss appointments due to lack access to reliable transportation. Uber’s endeavors into health care trace back to 2014, when Uber first offered on-demand flu shots in large markets across the U.S. Since then there have been similar efforts throughout the world, from diabetes and thyroid testing in India, to subsidized rides for breast cancer screening in the U.S., to many more. Last summer, over 100 healthcare organizations joined the platform during a private beta. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like