Rent One’s Mark Williams Escorts Veteran to D.C. on Honor Flight

Mark Williams with Korean War veteran Robert “Ike” Crnokrak boarding the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois.

Rent One’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Williams and his wife Nicole participated in the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois guardian program by escorting two veterans to Washington, D.C. last week. The Honor Flight program is a nationwide network dedicated to providing all veterans who apply a free trip to D.C. to visit memorials honoring their service and sacrifice. Mark and Nicole were the guardians of Korean War veterans Robert “Ike” Crnokrak and Frank Savka.

United States Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) with veteran Robert “Ike” Crnokrak in Washington, D.C.

The event took place on Tuesday, April 24 where nearly 70 veterans from World War II, Vietnam and Korea left for our nation’s capital before dawn and returned to Marion, Illinois just after 8:00 p.m. “A lot of people said, ‘Oh, that’s a long day!’ but to me, only in hours,” shares Williams. “It was logistically one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed and been a part of. There are so many people and organizations that are involved to make sure this event goes on without a hitch. The logistic side of it is amazing but the other side, to accompany the veterans that have so much respect and admiration for each other, and then to see them experience the memorials, you see the emotions, it was incredible.”

Korean War veteran Robert “Ike” Crnokrak at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Rent One is a strong supporter of veterans, oftentimes by employment, and this time by sponsoring Mark’s trip. “This was a huge opportunity to honor, respect and give thanks to our past heroes,” says Rent One Chief Executive Officer Larry Carrico. “The sponsorship is about honoring, encouraging other people to get involved and bringing the community together. Mark going himself shows a great deal of commitment, to take time to go, and by his connection to the efforts.”

Click here to learn more about the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois.