Oak Grove student selected as junior guardian for Honor Flight

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An Oak Grove High School senior will soon be flying with dozens of World War Two veterans on an all-expense-paid trip to see important historical sights in Washington, D.C.

Kelsey Addison found out Thursday that she has been selected to serve as a junior guardian on the last Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight in November.

In the last couple of years, those Honor Flights have taken hundreds of Mississippi World War Two veterans on trips to the nation's capital to see the National World War Two Memorial and other important monuments.

Each veteran is accompanied by a guardian.

"I'm ecstatic right now," said Addison. "I've been waiting for this for years now. I've been with this program for two years now. I work in orientations and I'm just so excited to be a part of it now, to actually go to Washington," she said.

Addison was chosen as a guardian after filling out a detailed application.  She has also attended all of the homecoming celebrations for each of the five previous flights.

"She had gotten turned down on Flight 6 and she still showed up at our orientation to volunteer to help the veterans and to me, that showed me so much about her character," said Mark Walton, junior guardian co-chair for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight. 

Addison's flight will leave Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport on Nov. 5.

Another flight is also scheduled to take place on Oct. 1. More than 90 veterans and their guardians will be making that trip.

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