“The Honor Flight was an amazing experience for Howard and me. Our group included 17 World War II vets from all over the country and their “guardians”
As the armed forces who served in World War II age with an average loss of 900 a day, a terrific bit of recognition is being given them by “The Honor Flight” program, begun in 2005 to take World War II veterans free of charge to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial erected to honor them.
It began when a physician who cared for World War II veterans and is also a pilot learned that most World War II veterans did not have the health or the finances to go see the monument, which they dearly wanted to do. He wanted it to be free for them and spoke to his airplane club and got 12 volunteers. It began with six small private planes that took 12 veterans to Washington, taking a total of 137 veterans that year. In 1006 they transported 891 veterans, using commercial flights with Southwest Airlines giving so many tickets they became the official airline, In 1007 they took 5,000 veterans; in 2008, 11,137; in 2009 17,832; with 22,149 in 2010 and 18,055 in 2011.
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