Honor Air gives WWII veteran and volunteer a special honor

5:54 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
Sam Hardman with Honor Air student ambassadors and Chairman Eddie Mannis
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A World War II veteran is receiving a little recognition for his service to our country and his ongoing dedication to helping other veterans.

Tuesday afternoon, Honor Air Knoxville surprised Sam Hardman, a man who has become synonymous with the group.

Hardman served during WWII and went on the second Honor Air flight in 2007.

Since then, he's been an ambassador for the organization that takes veterans on a one day, all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to see memorials built in their honor.

Honor Air has named its student ambassador program in honor of Hardman.  The program aims to educate young adults about what WWII veterans mean to this country.

"Freedom is not free you know. Every generation has to do their part. So that's what we're trying to instill in everywhere I go is to teach the youngsters that freedom is not free and they are going to have to take their part and stand up for what's right," said Hardman,

"He just contributes so much to this program, from raising money to always being at the airport. He's a veteran ambassador," said  Eddie Mannis, Chairman of Honor Air Knoxville

Woodmen of the World also donated $1200 dollars to the student ambassador program.

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