Honor Flight was the vision of retired Air Force Captain Earl Morse to honor veterans of World War II - to fly them to Washington DC so they could visit the National World War II Memorial.
In January of 2005 Morse spoke to members of a local aero club outlining a volunteer program that would fly World War II veterans to their memorial in Washington DC.
He had two stipulations: veterans would pay for nothing, and pilots would be their escorts when they arrived in Washington.
In May 2005, six small planes flew 12 veterans to Manassas, Virginia, just outside of Washington and then used vans to transport the veterans and their escorts to the site of the Memorial.
By the end of the first year, the flight Network had transported 137 World War II vets to the Memorial.
Today, the program is a national organization and mostly uses commercial aircraft. The number of Vets and their guides taking advantage of the program is impressive. In 2016, the Network transported 20,558 veterans plus 18,202 guardians who accompanied the Vets to our nation's capital to visit the National World War II Memorial and other Memorial sites.
THE BOYS OF POINTE DU HOC
NAVY SEAL MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE
THE SALUTING BOY ON OMAHA BEACH
Project Vigil: D-Day 2014 -- "Lest We Forget"
HONORING OUR FALLEN - MAY THEY REST IN PEACE
Mansions of the Lord - a tribute to our Fallen Heroes
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE
Time is of the Essence
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, we are losing World War II veterans at the rate of more than 600 PER DAY. The Flight Network will continue do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and help our senior heroes travel absolutely free.
Subsequent to the World War II veterans, the efforts will then focus on Korean War and then Vietnam War veterans, honoring them similarly.
If you have a World War II veteran in your family or someone in your community who served in WW II, you can learn more about this terrific organization by visiting their web site
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