Christmas is the giving time of year, and Honor Flight Central Florida has been truly blessed with the continued support of corporate donors that makes it possible to continue our mission. We are very pleased to recognize each of those organizations that give to support our mission and ask that you recognize and patronize them for their generosity.
One Senior Place of Altamonte Springs, has provided funding that will allow us to offer three of our Honored Veterans Honor Flights of their own.
LIMU Company of Lake Mary, has once again made it possible to keep the planes flying. Their generosity makes it possible for us to provide absolutely free Honor Flights to about 30 of our hometown heroes.
Tijuana Flats “Just in Queso” Foundation representing the Avalon Park and Winter Springs locations, has generously donated funds to sponsor Five Guardians that will accompany our honored Veterans on their Honor Flight.
We want to thank all our corporate donors and sponsors, without whom our mission could not be carried out.
Honor Flight Central Florida is pleased to announce we have scheduled our first two flights for the Spring of 2018. We plan to take 25 Veterans along with 25 Honor Flight Guardian donors on each mission to our Nation’s capital so that our hometown heroes can view and reflect at the Memorials built to honor them. We are proud to provide Honor Flights at absolutely no charge to our Honored Veterans with thanks to the generosity of those who support this great mission. We give priority to the Veterans that apply in the following order: Seriously ill Veterans of any era will be served first, then our WWII and Korea era Veterans next, and finally, the Veterans who served this nation during the Vietnam era, all on a first-come, first-served basis using the guidelines stated. While we have waiting list, we are accepting applications for both Veteran Honorees and Guardian level donors. As a Guardian, you will have the privilege of accompanying one of our hometown heroes on their own Honor Flight and be there to support them on an emotional day where they will experience recognition and thanks for their sacrifice and service to our Nation. Those who hold our Veterans in esteem and join us as Guardians, will have a profoundly rewarding personal experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Kindly consider joining us as a Guardian on a future flight and dedicate yourself to those who answered the calling to wear the uniform of our armed forces and protect us and America. If you know a Senior Veteran that would like to join us on a flight, we will do our very best to see that they are treated like the heroes we believe they are. We typically visit the WWII, Korea and Vietnam War Memorials, several of the military branch Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery on our flight missions. We fly up and back on the same day, and always schedule our flight missions for Saturdays in the Spring and Fall seasons. Applications for both Guardians and Veterans to travel with us can be found here on our website. We ask that our Guardians donate to Honor Flight Central Florida to cover their own cost of flight mission expenses and will provide an acknowledgement of your donation for tax purposes. If you know a Senior Veteran that has never seen their Memorial, we would be grateful if you shared your knowledge of what we do. We are so very proud to serve all of those who served us by providing these flights. We believe as Will Rogers did – “We can’t all be heroes, because someone has to stand on the curb and clap as they go by”. Join us in our mission to recognize and applaud the heroic and valiant among us. Tell a Senior Veteran about us, or seize the opportunity to play a key role in our mission by pushing their wheelchair and showing your own appreciation for what they have done for all of us. Honor Flight Central Florida is a 501C-3 all volunteer organization. The money we raise goes directly to our mission and we never ask our Honorees for a single thing, other then to enjoy the adulation and honor we aim to provide. You can also learn more by calling us at 407.203.7010.
On October 21st, we are proud to be conducting another 2017 flight mission to Washington DC to provide 24 Central Florida Veterans with their own Honor Flight. Providing them a day of Honor to view and reflect at their memorials allows them to see our Nation’s appreciation for their service and sacrifices. Many have never seen their memorials or been formally recognized for what they have done for all of us while wearing the uniforms of our Military. Each wrote a blank check to the people of the United States for an amount up to and including their lives. Our Honorees include 7 Veterans of WWII, 8 who served during the Korean War and 9 who served during the Cold War and Vietnam era. They served our Nation in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Our youngest Honoree is 68 and our most Senior is 101 years old. A number of them served in multiple conflicts and more than one branch of our military. Two of our Honorees are women, both of whom served during WWII.
President Harry Truman said it best at the close of WWII when he stated “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”. Those words are enshrined in a panel on the WWII Memorial and we at Honor Flight Central Florida couldn’t agree more.
We hope that you also agree, and that amid your own busy schedules you’ll take time to play a role in their Honor Flight by joining in a welcome home to celebrate and appreciate their service next Saturday October 21st. Our tour will take us the WWII, Korea and Vietnam Memorials and to Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We will be arriving home from their Honor Flight to Orlando International Airport at 9:55 PM on Saturday evening and want them to see an airport full of grateful folks who will make time to put them first as they did for all of us. Our arriving flight in to Orlando International is Southwest #3639 and we expect to be entering terminal A around 10:15. Join all the others who regularly attend these welcome home events by bringing family and friends, flags and signs of appreciation, to show your gratitude. While we don’t know them all, we owe them all, because we can’t all be heroes – some of us have to stand up and clap as they go by. Check with Southwest Airlines Saturday evening to confirm our on-time arrival, and be there to show we will never forget their sacrifices. Share this post with your own friends and family to provide a greeting home that is well deserved and will be a cherished memory for each of our Heroes.
Saturday, October 7th is our first flight of the fall season. We are excited to be making the final arrangements to transport 24 of our hometown heroes up to Washington D.C. to view and reflect at the memorials built to honor them and all those lost in WWll, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. Eight Veterans who served during each of those wars will be honored for their service and sacrifices to our Nation, They served us in the Army, the Navy and the Air Force during pivotal times in our history. Our youngest Honoree is 70, and our most Senior Veteran on this Honor Flight is 97. We need the public to join us in providing them a welcome home to show our appreciation and gratitude for all they have done to fight for freedom on behalf of all of us. We hope that you’ll be there to provide the welcome home these Heroes never got when returning home after their service to our Country. Our flight mission has us leaving Orlando International Airport early Saturday and arriving back Saturday evening at 9:55PM on Southwest Airlines flight 3639. We are requesting the public be assembled in terminal A in the Atrium to welcome our Heroes at 10:15PM. Please bring your family and friends along with flags and signs to recognize our humble heroes, who put all of us, and the American way of life first when we needed them. This is a true family event and they each deserve to see our heartfelt thanks. We hope to see you there.
Remember, we can’t all be heroes, because someone has to stand and clap when they go by. Let’s do just that!
PLEASE SAVE THE DATES AND PLAN TO JOIN OUR WELCOME HOME EVENTS ON SATURDAY EVENING OCTOBER 7TH, AND SATURDAY EVENING OCTOBER 21ST AT ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MCO). WE WILL BE ARRIVING AT 9:55pm (ON BOTH DATES), VIA SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT #3639 (ALSO BOTH DATES) FROM BALTIMORE (BWI). PLAN TO BE IN THE ATRIUM IN TERMINAL A, ON THE DEPARTURE LEVEL NEXT TO STARBUCKS (TEMPORARILY CLOSED) BY 10:15pm TO JOIN EITHER EVENING’S HOMECOMING EVENTS. PARTICIPATION OF THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED – WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HONORING OUR HEROIC VETERANS OF WWll, KOREA AND VIETNAM WITH THE HOMECOMING THEY RIGHTLY DESERVE! BRING FAMILY, FRIENDS, FLAGS AND THANK YOU/ WELCOME HOME SIGNS TO GREET OUR HEROES.
August 27, 2017 – Due to circumstances beyond our control, our September 16th Honor Flight Mission has been cancelled and split in to two separate, newly rescheduled Flight Missions on Saturday, October 7th and Saturday, October 21st.
After being informed of certain political rallies and protest occurring on the National Mall on September 16th, and receiving advise from the National Park Service Police of likely safety and access concerns as a result, and a recommendation to reschedule that day’s plans, Honor Flight Central Florida chose to split up the large group making the Honor Flight that day, in to two separate and smaller flights. With the safety of all of our travelers the primary concern, and unfettered access to the WWll, Korea and Vietnam Memorials an additional concern, the decision to make the changes was an easy one for our Board of Directors.
We are very pleased that the many points of contact we work with to organize and carry out our Flight Missions were able to accommodate a sudden and necessary change of our plans and look forward to the two newly announced Flight Missions. This allows all those who support our Welcome Home Events the chance to attend two very special homecomings for our heroes.
PLEASE SAVE THE DATES AND PLAN TO JOIN OUR WELCOME HOME EVENTS ON SATURDAY EVENING OCTOBER 7TH, AND SATURDAY EVENING OCTOBER 21ST AT ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MCO). WE WILL BE ARRIVING AT 9:55pm (ON BOTH DATES), VIA SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT #3639 (ALSO BOTH DATES) FROM BALTIMORE (BWI). PLAN TO BE IN THE ATRIUM IN TERMINAL A, NEXT TO STARBUCKS BY 10:15pm TO JOIN EITHER EVENING’S HOMECOMING EVENTS. PARTICIPATION OF THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED – WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HONORING OUR HEROIC VETERANS OF WWll, KOREA AND VIETNAM WITH THE HOMECOMING THEY RIGHTLY DESERVE!
On Saturday, September 16th, Honor Flight Central Florida will be heading up to the Nation’s Capital with a group of local heroes. Our surviving WWll Veterans are a national treasure, and we are blessed to have almost 2 dozen of them traveling with us, at no cost to them, to view and reflect at the memorials built for them, in Washington DC. We are further blessed to have them joined by Veterans of the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam conflict. Each will be accompanied by an Honor Flight Guardian Donor who will be at their side for an emotional day that’s as personally rewarding as anything you could imagine. Our Flight Mission takes us to the WWll Memorial, the Korea War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, The Marine Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, the Navy Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery where we will observe the changing of the Guard and laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Our Honor Flight Hub’s mission is a simple one – to give back to those who have given so much, our Nation’s Veterans. Every Veteran wrote a blank check to our Country for an amount up to and including their life, and we were honored with their service, so it’s time to honor them. Not only do we want to thank each of them personally, we want them to experience a day where they will have no doubt just how much everyone appreciates them. On an Honor Flight, our Heroes will not be traveling “incognito” – they will be highly visible on the National Mall and at the other memorials in the Capital. They will be recognized and thanked by more folks on their Honor Flight then most have in their lifetime. We love that. They deserve that. At the very least, don’t you think? We hope to give them closure to their service, and that they see the honors expressed in their memorials for all those who gave, and those who gave all. You can play a role as an Honor Flight Guardian too. Applications are available for download on our website in the main menu. You can help to make a great Honor Flight for our Veterans by turning out at Orlando Airport to welcome them home after their day in the Capital. Watch for updates here. We will be arriving at 10:20PM on September 16th, so please save the date and join the masses in giving our heroes the kind of welcome home honor they should have. You can also support us with a direct donation. We are an all volunteer, 501C3 organization, so any money donated is spent on our mission. Help us keep the planes flying.
“We can’t all be heroes, someone has to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.