As Americans paused Friday to remember the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that helped turn the tide of World War II, one Floyd County veteran was taking the trip of a lifetime.
Eddie Akers spent Friday as one of the first Kentucky veterans to take part in the renowned “Honor Flight.”
The Honor Flight is a program administered by the Honor Flight Network. Its purpose is to transport World War II veterans to Washington D.C., so that they may view the World War II Memorial dedicated to their service.
Akers served in Germany under Gen. George S. Patton. He was nominated for the Honor Flight by the staff of Appalachian Hospice Care.
Akers traveled to Lexington last Thursday, prior to his morning flight to Washington out of Blue Grass Field.
Floyd County native and resident Mr. Eddie Akers was one of the Veterans on the first Honor Flight to depart from The Lexington Bluegrass Airport. He was accompanied by Larry Sexton, quartermaster of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5839, in Prestonsburg. Sexton attended special training to be a certified guardian for The Honor Flight.
Thursday evening, Akers regaled guests with stories from his service. He was even joined at dinner by former University of Kentucky Wildcat Cameron Mills.
Floyd County showed its support for Akers’ journey. In addition to being sent off by a huge crowd of flag-waving supporters, Ceci Houston Prater and her son, Todd Prater, from Duff Elementary made the trip to Lexington to welcome him back. Several Floyd County students also wrote letters of appreciation to Akers.