Ennis Regional Medical Center along with the Ennis Rotary Club will be holding a special ceremony Dec. 27 at the Ennis Country Club.

The service will be a time to express appreciation for the efforts of a group of people that helped shape the world today and will also feature an opportunity for veterans that wish to participate in the honor flight program planned for the spring to find out more information on the event.

The Rotary club is sponsoring the flight and president Jane Mize is thrilled to take part in the ceremony and the honor flight program.

“The Ennis Rotary Club is so honored to be able to, in some small way, honor those veterans who were caught up in the misery of that time and to celebrate the ultimate victory they brought to us victory which permits all of us to enjoy the freedom to live today. Without their sacrifices, not one of us would live the lives we do and because of this, we must do all we can to give a heartfelt thank you to all those WWII veterans who made it possible. In humble gratitude, we are blessed to be able to sponsor the Honor Flight that will enable those who can to go to Washington, D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial, a tribute that was long overdue,” Mize said.

The Honor Flight program is something new to Ellis County but will see WWII veterans that wish to participate being flown to Washington to see the war memorial and other national monuments, free of charge. The program needs volunteers to sponsor the expenses of the trip and the Ennis Rotary Club has signed on as one of the official sponsors of the trip. The trip still has more opportunities for sponsors and veterans and anyone that wishes to participate in either capacity is asked to contact the group as soon as possible.

The appreciation ceremony, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. is a first for ERMC to be a part of and is something they are excited about taking part in.

“"Ennis Regional Medical Center so appreciates the opportunity to honor those in our community who served our country during WWII. We feel blessed to be able to help and appreciate Honor Flight and Ennis Rotary for including the hospital staff in this wonderful example of, not just caring, but taking the initiative to put that caring into action,” said ERMC CEO Dave Anderson

For those veterans that pre-register for the event, certificates of appreciation will be presented to them at the ceremony. To find out more information about the event, contact Jane Mize at (469) 256-2160. For more information on the Honor Flight program, contact Marilyn Wylie at (972) 875-8836.