WWII vet who was on inaugural Honor Flight visits TRHS

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — Oscar Masters, who served in World War II in the U.S. 3rd Army under Gen. George S. Patton, on Monday visited with Travelers Rest High School council members, expressing gratitude for the school's decision to support Honor Flight Upstate with their Spirit Week proceeds for the second year in a row.

Last year, students raised more than $30K for the group, a nonprofit that sends aging veterans to Washington to visit monuments built in their honor. According to directors, it takes $600 to send a veteran on the trip, covering their plane ticket, bus transportation around DC, food and other incidental needs.

Masters was on the inaugural Honor Flight Upstate flight in May 2008, and he recounted stories of both the war and the importance of his trip with Honor Flight to the students.

"After hearing Mr. Masters' war stories and the impact Honor Flight has made in his life and so many like him, our student body is even more excited for the week ahead and the opportunity to give to such a worthwhile charity," said Jamie Thomason, student body vice-president.

Travelers Rest High School's Spirit Week got underway on Thursday. For a list of various profit-shares and other fundraising events in which the community can participate, click here.

(Photos appear courtesy of Rick Veazey.)

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