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Veteran Jim Warren displayed some of his military memorabilia for the Huntsburg Historical Society Museum during the recent Pumpkin Festival. (MP Photo/Colleen Lockhart)

By Colleen Lockhart

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Middlefield VFW Post #9678 will host the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce meeting at the VFW Hall, 16013 E. High St., in Middlefield starting at noon.

Veteran Jim Warren will share his experiences as an Honor Flight participant after his name was submitted by the Burton American Legion. Warren was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force based out of Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA. During his service he was a surgical technician and a member of a helicopter rescue team during the Korean War. Warren was also a member of the Strategic Air Command Honor Guard and a member of the competition rifle team.

The mission of Honor Flight Cleveland is to fly veterans to Washington, D.C. for free to see their memorials. The members of the Honor Flight Network are all volunteers. All expenses are covered by donations. Each veteran is escorted by a volunteer Guardian. 

The following message is printed on the Honor Flight Cleveland brochure: “If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a veteran.” 

To learn how to submit an applicant’s name to Honor Flight, or to make a donation or volunteer to be a guardian, please visit www.honorflightcleveland.com or call 216-990-2667. To make a reservation to attend the Chamber meeting and hear Warren’s presentation, please contact Lynnette at 440-632-5705 or mcinfo@middlefieldcc.com by Nov. 8. Cost to attend is $10 to be paid online or at the door. Lunch is included in the meeting cost.

Colleen Lockhart is a lifelong resident of Geauga County. She retired from Geauga County Commissioners, serves on the Department on Aging Executive Board, Geauga Safety Council, Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, Huntsburg Historical Society, Huntsburg Grange #2541 and is a member of Huntsburg Congregational Church.

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