Cliff Fejfar Retires From RMHF

Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar

One of the many joys of participating with Star Spangled Boomerang has been and continues to be the incredible people whom we have met.  Many Veterans who have served continue to lead by holding the torch for their fellow Veterans and their country.  Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar is a shining example of this way of life.

Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar

Recently, Cliff Fejfar retired from his volunteer position as Vice-President with Rocky Mountain Honor Flight.  His great energy and passion will be missed.

Cliff shared his heartfelt experience regarding RMHF as follows:

“Six years ago when I was approached by Rocky Mountain Honor Flight, I jumped at the chance to finally be a part of the History which had held my interest for so many years.  Being a baby-boomer, having a Father that served in WWII, and hearing his stories since being a small child, I knew this was something I wanted to do.  As a Vietnam Veteran, working with Honor Flight has served as a healing process for the way I was treated when I came home from serving.  I am a firm believer in the motto of the Vietnam Veteran, “Never again shall one generation of Veterans abandon another.”   Working with Honor Flight gave me the opportunity to make many new friends and to meet countless WWII and Korean Veterans.  Their friendships will last with me forever.  I leave Rocky Mountain Honor Flight knowing our Veterans are in good hands.  I wish them all the best in continuing their mission to take Veterans to DC to see their memorials.  It was a pleasure working with each and every one of them and something I will dearly miss.

Cliff in the background @ DIA Welcome Home Event, organizing everyone!

It was six years of the most rewarding years of my life. I thank Rocky Mountain Honor Flight for the opportunity to do something special for some of the greatest men and women that ever put on a uniform.”

A few of Cliff’s friends and colleagues added their impressions of his time spent with Rocky Mountain Honor Flight and other Veteran organizations:

President Mary Denise Haddon: “Cliff has been, and will continue to be, a vital member of the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight family.”

Secretary of RMHF Bob Wyatt:  “It would take a bit more time to list all the ways Cliff was involved in the Rocky Mountain Honor Flights Organization than fits into an email.  To simply say Cliff was in charge of  “Ground Support” would not give him all the credit he is due.  In fact, it may take two or three people on the board to absorb all the items he has taken care of day to day.  I once asked him about his feeling about all the Veteran activities he was involved in.  I think his reply summed it up for me when he said,  “All it takes is time and passion.”  Well, that’s right, he has the passion and he makes the time.”

Treasurer Daral Willeford:  “I appreciate all of his years and his dedication to RMHF and all the veterans he has touched over the last six years.  We will miss you Cliff.  I hope that 2017 is a healthier year for you.”

Veteran Advocate Judy Atencio:  “Cliff Fejfar is a most remarkable man who accomplishes so much with great efficiency and empathy for Veterans.  He is the strong and silent type who advocates for Veterans through his hard work on a daily basis.
Cliff is a former Navy man, a Vietnam Veteran who understands the needs of so many Veterans regardless of their era of service.
This is evident from his work during the past 6 years  with the Honor Flight Program.  He served tirelessly as the Vice-President of this great organization.  Mr. Fejfar arranged for many worthwhile journeys for our American heroes who fought in WWII, and the Korean War.  Recently, even some Vietnam Veterans have flown to Washington DC to visit the War memorials and pay tribute to their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.  Through his work with Honor Flight, Cliff has touched so many lives.  He gave these men and women so many lasting memories to cherish.

As a Veteran, Cliff is involved in many organizations that assist Veteran causes.  Cliff and I are both Elks from the Lakewood Elks Lodge 1777.   We have worked together on Lakewood Elks Veterans Committee for 5 years in support of Veteran issues of homelessness, etc.

We are also both associated with the Vietnam Veterans of America- Chapter 1071.   Cliff is a member and I am honored to be an Associate Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America- Chapter 1071 for the past 5

I have worked with Cliff Fejfar on many projects and committees over the years including the Burial Committee.

Cliff Fejfar is the finest example of a gentleman and a humble man. He is a man who we owe a large debt of gratitude to for his service to his country and for his continuous work with other Veterans. It is so appreciated by so many.

Thank You Cliff, for what you have given all of us.”

We sometimes hear people commenting that some of our present population no longer contributes willingly to improve our society.  With Veterans, Service Members and Volunteers like Cliff Fejfar holding the torch and leading the way, we beg to differ.  Every person who commented for this article volunteers their time and energy benefiting all of us.

If you would like to be part of this rewarding organization, RMHF’s next fundraiser is Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  It will be held at the Odyssey Sicilian Restaurant and Wine Bar from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at 603 E. 6th Ave, Denver 80203.  It is a wine tasting and appetizers event.


One thought on “Cliff Fejfar Retires From RMHF”

  1. Hats off to you Cliff. You have always been a pleasure to work with through PAGE and Honor Flight. I hope our paths will continue to cross.


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