The Mission: In honor of Veterans of the armed forces who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam; Roswell Rotary executed our 8th annual trip to Washington DC to visit each Veteran's respective memorial.
What's It Take? In 2018, the $80,000 cost of this trip is raised entirely by Roswell Rotarians, independent of the $200,000+ raised from our annual golf/tennis tournament. Bus transportation with honor guard escorts the vets to the airport where they board a chartered flight to DC. All meals, wheelchairs, and other needs including the presence of EMT are provided to ensure the comfort and safety of all Veterans.
Partners: Roswell Police and the Patriot Motorcycle Guard lead three buses beneath fire truck crossed ladders, past cheering Rotarians and Rotoractors, clearing traffic all the way to the Atlanta airport.
The Experience: Veterans receive a heroes welcome in DC as their plane passes under water cannons and they are greeted by cheering of members of the USO with music, banners, salutes, and handshakes from passengers in the airport.
After visiting all War Memorials, we visit the Changing for Guard ceremony at Arlington. Buses arrive back in Roswell at 10pm to a cheering crowd. Over 60 Vets with guardians and EMTs for 150 on the jet. PR coverage for this trip includes local newspapers, TV news broadcasting, radio, and social media. PR coverage reaches tens of thousands in the Metro Atlanta area.
|Police, Fire Department, and EMTs provided escorts, security, and safety. Patriot Motorcycle Guard escorts busses to airport.|