The day started very early on October 15, 2016 for nearly 60 American Heroes, as they boarded a plane from SeaTac that would take them to Washington D.C. for a trip of a lifetime. The Puget Sound Honor Flight Organization transports war veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. This service is provided at no cost to the veterans. Each veteran is accompanied by a volunteer, a personal “guardian”, who is responsible for ensuring that the veteran’s trip is a memorable one.
Bill Nickerson is the first Korean War Veteran to attend this flight according to Terry Cooper from the Honor Flight Program. Bill enjoyed his trip, especially his visit to Arlington National Cemetery. He said this was his first time to travel east of the Mississippi River.
Bill was born in Seattle and holds a business degree from Seattle University. Bill also worked for the trucking company that hauled the steel to build the iconic Seattle Space Needle. Bill served in the Navy from 1951-1958 and was a member of the American legion for over 25 years. Bill has lived at Cascades of Bremerton, The Willows, since 2012. You can find him calling Bingo, and playing cards. He also enjoys pinochle games with other residents. Mayor Patty Lent graciously joined Bill and other Veterans for lunch at The Willows. She presented them with the Key’s to the city in honor of their service to our country.