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Rattan Veteran Participates in Oklahoma Honor Flights to D.C.

June 15, 2011

So much has been written about the Greatest Generation of Americans, and very few would argue the fact that the American citizens of the World War II era saved this great nation and have made the lifestyles we are accustom to possible.

During this time of the year, when we remember the fallen, celebrate our nations flag and our countries independence, it is only fitting that we honor those men and women to whom we are so indebted. What better way then with a very unique and special one day trip to Washington D.C. from Oklahoma Honor Flight to view the memorials commemorating the wars in which they so bravely served their county.

Leo Smallwood, Rattan, took part of this adventure on June 8, 2011 when he was flown from Tulsa to Washington, D.C. Smallwood and family traveled to Tulsa to take part in the opening ceremonies on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Owasso High School Performing Arts Center. Many individuals attended this event to help them honor these Oklahoma Veterans and their families.

On Wednesday, June 8, Leo Smallwood, his son, Steve Smallwood, and 103 other Veterans and caregivers boarded a plane in Tulsa and made the flight to Washington. More than half a century after they helped save a nation, these veterans finally received the opportunity to visit the national memorial dedicated to their services and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

When talking to a reporter who worked for Tulsa World, Mr. Leo Smallwood noted how the ranks of World War II veterans are dwindling. According to statistics cited by the Honor Flights organization, the U.S. is losing more than 1,000 veterans of that war each day.

State Rep. Eric Proctor, eastern Oklahoma chairman for the organization, said time is running out for honoring the veterans. Proctor said he volunteers for the effort to honor the service of his late grandfather.

Their selfless sacrifice has shaped our nation's future and ensured our freedom. May we never forget their courage and sacrifices.

This expense free trip is made possible through Oklahoma Honor Flights, which completed their first trip in May 2010. This can not be made possible without donations. To donate, veteran registration or for more information about the program visit; call 918-407-9403 or email

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