History of Honor Flight

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National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“We can’t all be heroes.  Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.” –  Will Rogers

The inaugural Honor Flight took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking twelve World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, DC. In August of 2005, an ever-expanding waiting list of veterans led our transition to commercial airline carriers with the goal of accommodating as many veterans as possible. Partnering with HonorAir in Hendersonville, North Carolina, the “Honor Flight Network” was formed.  Today, the Network works aggressively to expand the programs to other cities across the nation.

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