On July 9, Veterans and their families from Spring Hills Mt. Vernon Assisted Living took a Dream Flight in a restored 1940’s Boeing Stearman open cockpit biplane from World War II. The veterans sat in the cockpit with a pilot as they soared off the tarmac. The program was courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a non-profit dedicated to honoring seniors who have served in the United States army. Everyone also enjoyed a lunch of sandwiches, cookies, Gatorade and water.
The veterans were:
- Colonel Frank Myska, 87 years old, US Air Force from 1951 to 1982, fought in Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Bay of Pigs. He finished his career at the Pentagon.
- Staff Sergeant Robert Wesemann, 80 years old, US Army from 1961-1966, fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Received a Purple Heart and Silver Star
- Captain Alfred Mackey, 75 years old, US Marine Corp, fought in Vietnam, Received a Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and Campaign Ribbons. Alfred remembers, “Although I was a lawyer I was trained as a rifle platoon commander.”
Each veteran received an autographed flyer hat with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation emblem as a souvenir from their flight.
About Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF):
Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF) is a non-profit organization established and dedicated to honor seniors, particularly United States military veterans by providing “Dream Flights” in a vintage, open cockpit biplane at no cost. The primary focus is on individuals living in senior housing communities. The mission of the Foundation is to “Give Back To Those Who Have Given.”
About Spring Hills Mount Vernon Assisted Living:
Spring Hills Mount Vernon, located at 3709 Shannons Green Way in Alexandria, provides premier assisted living and memory care with the finest amenities in the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC, area. For additional information visit www.springhillsmountvernon.com.
About Spring Hills Senior Communities & Memory Care Communities:
All Spring Hills Senior Communities’, Home Care Services, Assisted Living Communities and Poet’s Walk Memory Care Communities offer a distinctive and innovative approach to home care services, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care. Signature Touches is the company’s holistic approach to offering individualized care and services that are designed to meet the needs and preferences of residents and clients. Personal choice is top priority in one of the company’s eight Spring Hills assisted living communities or in client’s homes with Spring Hills home care services located in NJ, VA, OH, FL and NV or in one of the company’s Poet’s Walk memory care communities located in VA and TX as well as soon-to-be NV, CO, FL, and IN. For more information about their Caring with a Commitment to Quality dedication to senior living, visit www.spring-hills.com or www.poetswalk-springhills.com.