“Freedom is not free” - Clarksville veteran visits D.C. on honor flight

Left: Nancy Donavon welcomes her husband, Hugh Donavon, home from the Honor flight. Right: Brad Donavon accompanied his father on the trip as an honor flight guardian. (Submitted photos)

In January 1967, 19-year-old Stephen “Hugh” Donavon of Clarksville answered the call from Uncle Sam. He served in Germany until his honorable discharge in Dec. 1968. This May, he was recognized for his service, along with 102 other veterans, as he travelled to Washington D.C. on a Cedar Valley Honor Flight.

     Donavon was accompanied by his son, Brad, an honor flight guardian.  

     A pre-flight meeting was held in late April for veterans to learn the day’s itinerary. On May 7, the father-son duo started their morning at 3:30 a.m. and were soon on their way to the Waterloo Airport. Shortly before 7 a.m., they boarded a charter plane for a two-hour flight to Baltimore, MD. The veterans were supported by many guardians and volunteers.

     “There was hardly an empty seat,” said Hugh Donavon.


Read more in the June 6 edition of the STAR.


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