Next Saturday November 21st, we are pleased to conclude our 2015 season with a reunion of the Honored Veterans and Guardians who traveled with us on our September 12th and October 24th Flight Missions. 100 Veterans and 100 Guardians along with their families and friends have been invited to join us to reunite with those who shared their Honor Flight experience. Those with interest in learning more about Honor Flight Central Florida’s mission by attending as a guest can email request to us at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and join us on a virtual Honor Flight Mission. Enjoy the video documentary of our October 24th, 2015 Flight Mission to Washington DC! Many thanks to our staff videographer, Alan Kornman.
Use the link below to virtually join us on our September 12, 2015 Honor Flight Mission to our Nation’s Capital. Many thanks to our staff videographer, Alan Kornman.
Orlando, FL – October 25, 2015
Yesterday Honor Flight Central Florida concluded our flight schedule with our final 2015 mission. We are pleased to have honored 150 Veterans in 2015 with a free trip to the Capital to see and reflect at the memorials a grateful Nation built for them. It is amazing when the stars (and stripes) line up and all the details that go in to planning these trips come together in the form of long overdue thanks and tribute to those who served and sacrificed for all Americans. This past year we were honored to pay tribute to some real heroes. Their valiant service thrust them in to history during D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, Heartbreak Ridge, and Hamburger Hill, and took them to places like Okinawa, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, China, India, Burma, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, and involved them in many more battles and at many more fronts that most of us only get to read about, if we care to. The memorials we visit will endure, but our Greatest Generation and our aging Veterans will not. We hope the genuine sense of urgency we have to honor them and preserve history by learning and sharing the individual stories we hear is shared by you. All of us have the ability to provide meaningful tribute in a very personal way to these heroes with just a few simple words – “Thank you for your service, and welcome home”. So the next time you are shopping or socializing or doing anything you do during any usual day, if you see someone proudly displaying a cap or shirt that they are a Veteran, take a minute and thank them. That simple gesture will pay them a blessing that is long overdue. They put others ahead of themselves. They preserved the “American way of life” for us. They left their homes and their families and friends to go to foreign places and perform acts contrary to their nature so that you could be free. They endured pain, saw the atrocities of war, and live with those memories not because they wanted to “be someone” but because they wanted to “do something” – and they did it for us. They wrote a blank check to America for an amount up to, and including their lives. Harry Truman said it best during a speech to the Nation – “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our Country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” They did their part. All gave some and some gave all. For you. For me. For us. They honored us with their service, so take a moment to honor them. You will find that the random act of kindness you perform will have an impact. You may be told that that Veteran has never been thanked before. You may get a smile for taking the time to say thanks. You may start up a conversation and get to hear some personal stories about that Veterans experiences. You might make them tear up. They might make you tear up. The small effort we need to consciously take the time to remember them and honor them is worth it and owed them. Remember, “we can’t all be heroes, some of us have to stand on the curb and clap when they go by.”
Our next flight leaves from and returns to Orlando International Airport tomorrow, on Saturday, October 24, 2015. We are pleased to be taking 48 Honored Veterans on this flight mission to our Nation’s Capital to view and reflect at their Memorials. Volunteers are requested to be on hand at 4AM. .We will clear security at 5:30 AM for a 6:50 AM departure. Our Southwest Airlines Flight #915 return has us landing back in Orlando at 10 PM. We have 19 WWll Vets, 18 Korean War Vets, and 11 Vietnam Vets joining this Honor Flight. We would love to see a packed Airport Terminal A, with greeters, flags and signs to meet our heroes at the conclusion of their Honor Flight!. Be in the Terminal A at 10:20PM. Please come join us and pay tribute to our Heroes!
Help us give our Honored Veterans the tribute they deserve!
We are so excited to be serving 48 area Veterans on their own Honor Flight mission this Saturday! Watch for updates here, and learn more about this trip to pay tribute to our Heroes by listening in to the Bud Hedinger show on 540AM and 102.5FM tomorrow morning in the half hour starting at 7:30 AM. You can also catch an update about this Saturday’s Honor Flight mission on American Adversaries Radio in the 6:00PM hour on 660AM in Orlando! We hope to “see” you on the radio, and can’t wait to Honor our beloved Veterans with our last flight mission of the year.
With one week to go before the next Mission Flight to our Nation’s Capital we completed our pre-flight orientation this morning. The countdown clock begins for our final flight of the 2015 season. We hope all our friends in and around Central Florida will come join a grateful public to welcome home our Heroes from their own Honor Flight next week. Help us pay tribute to 48 Central Florida Veterans that served and sacrificed for all of us.Watch for updated flight information on our website to be posted during the week and plan to be in Orlando International Airport next Saturday night the 24th to show your appreciation. Remember, “We can’t all be Heroes, because some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by”.