Issaquah Valley Grange honors David Waggoner as its man of the year

April 20, 2010

David Waggoner seems to be the community’s go-to guy when a volunteer is needed. Take last year, for example.

Waggoner of course accepted the offer when U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert asked him to serve on the board of volunteers of the Honor Flights Project. The project flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to view the national memorial for the war.

“I was honored to give my time and effort to get as many of them back to D.C. as we could,” said Waggoner, 66, himself a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Because of his selfless efforts helping those in the community, the Issaquah Valley Grange is honoring him with its Man of the Year award for 2010 next week.

For a man who seemingly was never short on time to volunteer for one group or another, Waggoner was surprisingly short of words when it came to being honored for his efforts.

“I am humbled by the man of the year,” he said. “I have never been one before. I have no other words to say.”

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Honor Flight program gets World War II vets to D.C. memorial

November 17, 2009

David Waggoner, who is working to get donations to fly World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national WWII memorial, speaks to a local group on Veterans Day. By Greg Farrar

David Waggoner, who is working to get donations to fly World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national WWII memorial, speaks to a local group on Veterans Day. By Greg Farrar

As the ceremonies of Veterans Day fade, one local man is hoping to keep that spirit alive through the rest of the year by launching the Freedom Fighters Honor Flight program.

The national program flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national World War II memorial. The newly formed Puget Sound area chapter will fly its first veterans there March 22 and 23.

“They served our country and it’s a way for us to say thanks and that we didn’t forget,” said David Waggoner, a retired lieutenant colonel who served with the Army in Vietnam and who is commander for Issaquah’s Veterans of Foreign Wars outpost.

He knows all too well what seeing that memorial means, after being drafted and serving in Vietnam and losing many men and friends. Read more

Learn how to help World War II veterans tonight

November 9, 2009

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 9, 2009

With the nation ready to commemorate Veterans Day on Wednesday, learn about a program to help World War II veterans see the National World War II Memorial. Veteran Dave Waggoner will discuss the program at the Issaquah Valley Grange today at 7:30 p.m. The grange meets at Issaquah Myrtle Mason Lodge Hall, 57 W. Sunset Way.

Waggoner is an active volunteer in the memorial program, known as Freedom Fighters Honor Flights. The airline flights seek to fly World War II Veterans who have never seen the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., to see the tribute.

The first of the nonstop flights will depart from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in March. The veterans spend an evening in the capital, and then tour the memorial and sights, and return the next day on another nonstop flight.

Learn more from Jo Ann Anderson, 206-232-5233.