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June 19, 2017

By Bill Moss

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We are so glad General Frank Blazey was able to go with us on the flight last month!

Frank Earl Blazey, a decorated Army infantry officer who led troops in the Korean and Vietnam wars before retiring as a brigadier general, died on Monday at the Life Care Center at Lake Pointe Landing. He was 92.

A 1946 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Blazey received numerous medals for courageously leading soldiers, often under heavy fire.On April 25 and 26, 1951, near Tokchong, Korea, his Company E was attacked by a much larger enemy force as Blazey’s company occupied a defensive position on the Elgin Line. Forced to tighten his perimeter in the face of heavy pressure, Capt. Blazey “fearlessly moved through the intense enemy fire as he organized a defensive position around the command post,” according to a synopsis of the Silver Star commendation. “When the supply of ammunition became critically low, Captain Blazey, on three occasions, personally led a party through the heavy hostile fire to procure more.”The old soldier did not die, nor even fade away, in retirement in Hendersonville.He served on the Board of Directors of the Department of Social Services, was an active member of the Rotary Club, was among the founders of ECO, the Environmental Conservation Organization, and supported the YMCA and Blue Ridge Community College, where he helped found the Lifelong Learning program.

May 30, 2017

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It’s 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. The doors slide open at Asheville Regional Airport to reveal two lines of military men and women dressed in formal uniforms who were busy greeting older men and women wearing navy and gold polo shirts.

Voices ring out in greeting; there are handshakes and hugs. The excitement is palpable as 90 veterans prepare to take a trip to Washington, D.C., on the Blue Ridge Honor Flight.
The Blue Ridge Honor Flight transports area veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

The trip is completely free for veterans, who are accompanied by a guardian — either a family member, friend or volunteer, who see to the veteran’s every need throughout the duration of the trip. The nonprofit provides everything – transportation, meals and snacks and medical personnel.

April 01, 2017

September 24, 2016 from 7AM to 8PM Blue Ridge Honor Flight hosted over 200 veterans, guardians and sponsors on a visit to the Korean War Memorial and other memorials in Washington, DC. This flight was to honor those who served in the Korean War 1950-1954. The flight was sponsored by local donors and American Airlines. American Airlines provided the plane and volunteer flight crews to see that the Veterans were well cared for, had a good visit and returned safely. September 24, 2016 from 7AM to 8PM Blue Ridge Honor Flight hosted over 200 veterans, guardians and sponsors on a visit to the Korean War Memorial and other memorials in Washington, DC. This flight was to honor those who served in the Korean War 1950-1954. The flight was sponsored by local donors and American Airlines. American Airlines provided the plane and volunteer flight crews to see that the Veterans were well cared for, had a good visit and returned safely. 

This event required much hard work and sacrifice by organizer, Councilman Jeff Miller of Hendersonville. Mr. Miller and many volunteers worked tirelessly to put this 500th Honor Flight together as well as many many earlier flights.