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SCAD graduate raising money to send veterans to World War II memorial

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

SCAD graduate, Cliff Lummus started a project to help raise money for Honor Flight Network of Savannah an organization that takes veterans to visit memorial sites all across the country.

Cliff Lummus started a fundraising campaign for World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary of D-day, June 6th.

He said he wants the money to benefit World War II veterans because, "They were directly fighting for our freedom and the freedom of the rest of the world."

He said, "I wanted to show veterans that we appreciate and recognize what they did, especially those of us that are younger." Lummus is age 31 and currently works in Atlanta even though he returns to Savannah often.

Lummus has set a goal of 14,128 dollars for his "Project D70" fundraising efforts.

Lummus has been working with Honor Flight Savannah representative retired Lieutenant Larry Spears, who is thrilled this Lummus's enthusiasm for the project.

Spears says the money raised by Project D70 will be specifically going towards trips for World War II veterans as the Honor Flight Network in Savannah is planning to make their next trip for September 5th, 2014.

The World War II veterans who go on this trip to visit the World War II memorial in Washington will have all expenses paid for. The goal for number of veterans traveling to Washington is between 25 to 31 people.

Spears spoke about the importance of these trips by saying, "time is not on our side knowing we lose 500 veterans per day. Honoring their sacrifices and experiencing living history should be top priorities."

The Honor Flight Network of Savannah accepts applications from veterans up to 100 miles outside of Savannah and 30 miles outside of Beaufort.

The fundraiser will conclude on July 4th, 2014 and Lummus says he will donate all the money raised since he started the campaign on the 70th anniversary of D-day.

To donate to Project D70 click here.

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