Veteran Profile: Ray’s Honor Flight


In honor of Veterans Day, SYNERGY HomeCare is showcasing inspirational stories of those who served—from our Franchise Partners to our clients. 

Last month, Ray, a SYNERGY HomeCare of Woodbury, MN, client, took part in an unforgettable experience. Franchise owner Alicia Harmon and her staff were delighted to support him in a small way. Today, we’re pleased to share his inspiring story.

On Monday, October 10, Ray’s daughter, Kim, had the distinct honor of escorting her 89 year-old father, Ray, to Washington, DC, on an Honor Flight – Twin Cities. The Honor Flight program is a nationwide effort to help as many surviving veterans to visit their memorial in Washington, DC, before they are no longer able to do so. The Honor Flight Twin Cities enabled 180 men and women veterans and their guardians from Minnesota to make this very special trip. The veterans had the opportunity to see the WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iwo Jima, Air Force, Navy and Women’s Memorials and the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, all in a one-day trip.

Ray enlisted in the Army National Guard out of Staples, MN, when he was 17. Three months later, his Guard unit was called into active duty for the War in Korea. Six weeks later, he shipped out of Seattle and arrived in Korea approximately two weeks later. While in the Army, his primary duties were around securing and maintaining supplies for his unit. He served 23 1/2 months in Korea and was honorably discharged in January 1953.

The SYNERGY HomeCare of Woodbury team helped wish Ray well as he boarded the Honor Flight by participating in a special program called “Mail Call” where family and friends write cards with a short message to the Veteran thanking them for their service and wishing them well as they make this once in a life-time trip. This special card program is a poignant reminder of how important mail service was to our veterans while serving their country.

They were so happy to see Ray get this opportunity and even more delighted to hear that Kim was able to accompany him. Check out THIS VIDEO to see how it all unfolded.

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Thanks for reading and Ray, thank you and all veterans everywhere for your service.