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Video: Veteran Valorie Harris and Operation HerStory

She was also “Google” before there was Google, and she was an early computer programmer like in Hidden Figures

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (November 5, 2021) – A special all-female Honor Flight took off from Midway Airport on October 6, 2021, and three Lansing residents were aboard. Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam (who chose not to be interviewed), Vita Barber (whom we delivered a letter to and who has not yet replied), and Valorie Harris. Valorie agreed to meet with The Lansing Journal and share her experience on Operation HerStory, as the flight was called.

Helpful links referred to in our conversation with Valorie are included below:

Honor Flight Chicago

The Lansing Journal has covered Honor Flight in a variety of stories, which can be found by clicking the search icon and typing “Honor Flight.” Most recently, we interviewed John Bush, who participated in the August 18, 2021, Honor Flight:

Operation HerStory

Information about monuments in Washington DC

Hidden Figures

National Women Veterans United

This is the organization Valorie joined and is very active with.

Sign up for Honor Flight

Every World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veteran in Chicagoland is invited to apply to travel with Honor Flight Chicago to Washington DC for a day of honor and remembrance:

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


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