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Veteran Sees Memorial Via Virtual Tour

Robert Claypool, a WWII Veteran was honored last week with a care package from Honor Flight Northeast Indiana. Claypool was slated to participate on a spring flight, but due to declining health is unable to do so.

Following the story, supporters rallied to have a private plane transport him to Washington D.C. but this is also deemed not in his best interest. A volunteer group named Honor Everywhere, is providing the next best thing. A volunteer from their organization, Michele Spry, will travel from Missouri late Thursday afternoon to visit Claypool at the nursing home where he resides and will bring with her a virtual tour of several memorials.

Honor Everywhere is made up of volunteers with their "home base" located in Columbia, MO. Recorded in Virtual Reality this 7 minute video allows the Veteran to look 360 degrees to see content all around them. The video experience starts with an introduction from Gary Sinise and then visits the World War II Memorial, the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and some of the other memorials.

Honor Flight President Dennis Covert states that “it is our goal at Honor Flight Northeast Indiana to obtain our own equipment and offer the Virtual Tour as an alternative for those deserving Veterans who are unable to travel with us so they can still experience the memorials built in their honor.”

Honor Everywhere will meet with Robert Claypool on Wednesday, March 8 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home,

4430 Elsdale Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46835 at approximately 4:40 p.m.

Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. 95% of all donations go directly towards the veterans’ trips.