Part 6: The Southern Oregon Honor Flight

Washington, DC –  As we observe Veterans Day, we’re wrapping-up our special series on Honor Flight of Oregon.

25 veterans from southern Oregon went to Washington, DC in September. Over three days they traveled across the country and back again, seeing more than a dozen memorials and museums along the way.

NBC5’s Kristin Hosfelt was along for the trip, and from November 5th – 9th, we shared just a glimpse of what these veterans experienced.

Sadly, Geraldine Ruth Parks, the sole female World War II veteran on this trip, passed away this morning. NBC5 had shared with you during this series that she had been hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency a few weeks after returning home from the Honor Flight. Ruth was 98.

In addition to being a Navy veteran, Ruth was a wife, a mother, and for so many others, a wonderful friend. Her loss is a solemn reminder that time is of the essence to honor our Greatest Generation.

If you would like to help send a veteran on an Honor Flight, click HERE.

Executive Producer Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5 and 6. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

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