Something worth cheering
Article was added on Friday, June 01, 2012
LAST MONTH in South
Carolina Living, we highlighted the April 11 cooperative-sponsored
Honor Flight for South Carolina World War II veterans. There wasn't
space to share all the great stories of our Greatest Generation -
the South Carolina men and women who, literally, saved the
We're making up for it this month by featuring, on the facing
page, a sample from a new book that profiles all 100 Honor Flight
S.C. heroes. Publishing this commemorative book is another way that
SEC and other electric co-ops around the state seek to honor them.
Included are profiles of local Honor Flight participants E.C. Carr,
W.J. Stoudenmire, Paul D. Poston, Ruffin Bacot, Ed Shelby, John H.
Carnell, Zola Godwin, Samuel D. Anderson and William P.
Mr. Harrison, profiled on page 5, was the oldest veteran on the
Honor Flight. Apart from his willingness to serve his country, he's
someone who made a huge impact on the lives of many people in our
area - including me. An educator, Mr. Harrison was the principal of
Wilson Elementary School, which I attended from fourth to eighth
We were honored to help Mr. Harrison and the other area veterans
see the National World War II Memorial and other monuments in
Washington. Also along for the whirlwind, one-day D.C. trip
were two Santee Electric Cooperative employees who were among the
volunteer guardians assisting the WWII vets that day, Manager of
Marketing Jay Kirby and Manager of Operations Jason Springs.
Jason, a 1999 graduate of The Citadel, says, "It was a great
experience for me just to be able to spend the time with them. To
hear these guys talk about what they did and what they went
through, it was an eye-opening experience. Their lives just got put
on hold to go do what they had to do."
After the Honor Flight, Jason notes, a huge group - including a
military band - welcomed the returning heroes home at the Columbia
airport. The star-spangled reception capped off, as one WWII
veteran later described it, "the greatest day of my life."
Jason adds, "As excited and honored as most of those veterans
were, you could see it in their eyes that they really appreciated
what everybody did for them. It really meant a lot to them. But as
much as it meant to them, it meant just as much to me to see them
get that honor and be recognized for what they did. I was glad to
be a part of it."
Want to honor these heroes yourself? Read our commemorative
Honor Flight book. You'll be inspired by the sacrifices so
willingly made by these great Americans.
Floyd L. Keels
President & Chief Executive Officer
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