Honor Flight vet’s birthday lands on day of departure

PHOENIX, Ore, — Twenty five southern Oregon veterans are heading to Washington D.C. this week with Honor Flight of Oregon.

“I think that it is very wonderful that the group does this for veterans,” Bill Shrader, Honor Flight participant, said.

44 years after leaving the U.S. Coast Guard, Bill Shrader is joining southern Oregon’s Honor Flight group Thursday, on the trip of a lifetime.

The day holds special meaning to Shrader. The day he leaves for Washington D.C. also happens to be his 83rd birthday.

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