NORTH TONAWANDA – The Walmart Foundation presented a $20,000 grant to the Western New York Warriors Flight Thursday to pay for a trip by about two-dozen local veterans this fall to see the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War memorials in Washington, D.C., as well as Arlington National Cemetery.
The announcement was made at the North Tonawanda Walmart store, where State Sen. Robert G. Ortt said he will be one of the volunteer “guardians” on the trip. Members of the Greatest Generation, now in their 80s and 90s, are provided with meals and transportation for the trip funded by the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m honored to carry on this tradition former Sen. (George D.) Maziarz started several years ago,” said Ortt, an Afghan War veteran. “This trip wouldn’t be possible without Walmart’s generosity and support. These veterans are in their late 80s, early 90s, and without this day trip, they may have never had the opportunity to see the memorial.”
A few spots remain open on the trip for World War II and Korean War vets. Any interested veterans who have never before visited the memorials may call Ortt’s district office at 434-0680 for information on how to apply.