South San Francisco’s Decorated WWII Veteran Roy Bava Participated in Honor Flight to Washington DC

South San Francisco, CA   April 20, 2018

South San Francisco resident ROY BAVA at the WWII Memorial in Washinton D.C.



South San Francisco resident, Roy Bava, recently had the opportunity to participate in an Honor Flight Bay Area Tour to Washington D.C. — fulfilling the group’s purpose to ‘help every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, visit THEIR memorial.’ Roy, a Veteran of WWII, served in Europe and was awarded two battle stars during the his service to our Country. 

The Honor Flight was Great, I do not have the vocabulary to describe how wonderful it was and the honor bestowed on us at every stop with a police escort. It was another great adventure.” Roy is quoted.  “The icing was some of my great grand kids got to see great grandpa come home, bag pipes and flags flying.
The philosophy of the Honor Flight Network is plain and simple ‘Since America felt it was important to build a memorial to the service and the ultimate sacrifice of her veterans, the Honor Flight Network believes it’s equally important that they actually get to visit and experience THEIR memorial.’ They further acknowledge ‘Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society.’
The selfless acts of heroism that earned Roy his WWII awards are deeply ingrained in daily acts that he has bestowed upon South City; a community leader who helped shape much of our City today. Always active and on the go Roy been an active member of multiple organizations through the years including the Veterans of Foreign War, the American  Legion, the ICF, the Young Men’s Institute, the Italian Peninsula Social Club, and the Italian American Athletic Club.  He is the steering committee director of the The Plymire-Schwarz House and he remains active with our South San Francisco Historical Society. In 2016 Roy was further honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Historical Society.
Our community salutes all of our Veterans.  We thank Roy for sharing his experience and allowing us more insight into the Greatest Generation and the Honor Flight Network.
There are currently over 27,000 Veterans on the wait list to visit THEIR memorial and your donation will help. Please CLICK HERE for more information.


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Julie Dull
Julie Dull
4 years ago

I would like to honor Roy Bava for his service and thank him personally. My father was a Vietnam vet and went on the Honor Flight 3 years ago and just was overwhelmed by how wonderful it was. My normally unemotional father got all teary eyed talking about it. My mom is very very active in the American Legion (Missouri) as well. Thank you Roy!!!