Wednesday, June 27th I was privileged to serve as a civilian volunteer on an Honor Flight from Louisville, KY to Washington D.C. Allow me to share a bit about what it has meant to me and anyone fortunate enough to be affiliated in whatever capacity in fostering these flights.
Honor Flights is an all-volunteer, national non-profit which pays homage to World War II, Korean War, and most recently our Vietnam era veterans, for the sacrifice and service they provided to our country.
Each flight is made possible through the generosity of individual and corporate donations. Every trip, however, is made memorable through the efforts of trained guardians (individual escorts), and local volunteers. If you’d like to know more about how to participate as an Honor Flight guest, guardian, or volunteer, scroll to the bottom of this message to the link.
Formed in 2005 through the efforts of Earl Morse, a physician assistant and retired Air Force captain, and a handful of fellow volunteers, Honor Flights have grown into what is now some 130 chapters in 42 states. Every chapter has a similar mission: to locate and identify eligible veterans and provide them with a one-day, all-expense paid opportunity to receive the honor and closure they deserve.
The 4th of July, more than just a day to celebrate our independence, is also a chance to consider words like dignity, respect, and honor. Dignity for ourselves, respect for others, and honor for anyone who has served or sacrificed in whatever capacity to advance the greater good. CLICK HERE to see more Honor Flight photos