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Washington Twp. twin veterans among those on Honor Flight to D.C. 


92-year-old twin brothers and World War II veterans, Al and Lou Levin, were among those on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see monuments in honor of those who served in the war.

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The twins, who served in the same unit of the U.S. Army in Japan during World War II boarded the flight Saturday morning from Dayton International Airport, joined by one of their grandsons.

Honor Flight Network, started in Dayton in 2005, is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices, according to their website. The organization transports veterans from all wars to Washington D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifice of themselves and their friends. 

Since its’ start 12 years ago, Honor Flight has flown 180,261 veterans to Washington D.C.

Saturday’s event was the sixth and last honor flight for 2017 featuring 6 World War II, 11 Korean War, and 69 Vietnam War veterans. The flight included a total of six brothers, including the Levin twins, who reside in Washington Twp. 

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In addition to being recognized for their national work, the Levin twins are well known locally as their businesses include: the Turtle Creek and Treasure Ailes flea markets, and the Dixie Drive-in movie theaters. 

Many believe the Honor Flight Network gives those who have served something they may not have received in the past, the high-respect they deserve. 

“Many veterans didn’t receive the welcome that they should when they came home from their various combat locations”, said Ray Girard, Public Affairs Officer for the Miami Valley Young Marines and organizer of the event.

Honor Flight Network will continue their efforts in providing veterans with a safe, memorable, and rewarding experience next year. 


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