Honoring Vietnam War Veterans: Alva Resident Richard Erschik Invited On The Collier-Lee County Honor Flight

Submitted By: Richard Erschik

It’s been almost 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War, but the sacrifices made by the men and women who served in that conflict will never be forgotten. Among those brave soldiers was Richard Erschik, a Chicago native who was drafted into the Army in 1965 as part of President Johnson’s 230,000 man call to support the U.S. war efforts in Vietnam.

On May 20, 2023, with his son Tim as his Guardian, Richard will be joining the Lee and Collier County Honor Flight to Washington, DC, to tour the monuments dedicated to his service and the service and sacrifices of his brothers and sisters. For Richard, this will be an emotional journey, and his chance to pay tribute to the many brave soldiers who served alongside him.

Richard’s military journey began on October 25, 1965, when he found himself scared and alone, joining others who were being drafted into the Army. They made the bus pilgrimage together from Chicago to Ft. Knox, KY, and then on to Ft. Hood, TX, where they underwent Basic and Advanced Individual Training.

The rest, as they say, is history, chronicled in the book Richard wrote titled, “My Time Served In The United States Army,” which is available on Amazon.com and Apple Books. In his book, Richard shares his experiences as a soldier, the struggles he faced, and the lasting impact the war had on his life.

Richard’s participation in the Honor Flight is a reminder that we should never forget the sacrifices made by those who served in Vietnam and other Wars. The trip to Washington, DC, will provide an opportunity for Richard and his fellow veterans to reflect on their service and to pay tribute to those who didn’t make it home.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, it is essential that we continue to honor those who served in that conflict. Richard Erschik’s participation in the Honor Flight is a reminder that the sacrifices made by our soldiers will never be forgotten, and their service to our country will always be appreciated.

The Honor Flight returns to Ft. Myers RSW airport at 8:30pm on May 20, 2023. Visitors are invited to welcome them home.

Collier-Lee County Honor Flight https://www.collierhonorflight.org/

Richard Erschik rerschik@richarderschik.com Mobile: 630-642-6500

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