Our April 28th Honor Flight Mission is a few short days away. Learn more here….

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welcome homeHonor Flight Central Florida’s inaugural 2018 flight is set to go. We are blessed to be taking 24 Central Florida Veterans of WWll, Korea and Vietnam to our capital so that they can view and reflect at their memorials. We will be departing at zero dark-thirty  and returning back in to Orlando International Airport via Southwest Airlines on Flight #4168 due to arrive at Orlando at 8:40 PM. We would love to fill the terminal with folks that appreciate our heroes every bit as much as we do. Its family time, so bring the kids and grand kids too. We love to make a great impact with a rousing home town welcome for our home town heroes! Bring American Flags and signs telling these honorees how much you appreciate their sacrifice and that it will never be forgotten.

Will Rogers said, “we can’t all be heroes because some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by”. We hope you can join us in applauding our most Senior Veterans. Remember, our freedom isn’t free – and these are the folks to thank for securing it.

Hope to see you there!

HOT RODS FOR HEROES CAR SHOW AND FAMILY EVENT APRIL 14, 2018

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It is with great pride and excitement that Honor Flight Central Florida announces our first ever fundraising event “Hot Rods for Heroes” Classic Car show to be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Ace Café in Downtown Orlando, Florida.

This is a fun filled, family style afternoon with more than a hundred classic cars on display across downtown’s new premier show car venue, Ace Café. Shake hands and talk with WWII, Korean and Vietnam War heroes. Come and see National Recording Artist and active supporter of our Veterans, Colton James, perform “Brave Men” and other songs and meet former WWE Superstar & American Gladiator turned Longwood City Commissioner, The Blueprint Matt Morgan. Enjoy classic oldies music with Butch & Jen Johnston of WJBJ. There will be a 50/50 raffle, airline ticket raffle, prize raffles and other fun events. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Ace Café’s daily menu. Come out and learn more about our 2018 flight missions, but more importantly come out to celebrate and thank our Veterans!

Check-in for pre-registered and on-site registration show cars will begin at 12:00 p.m. at Ace Café, 100 W. Livingston Street Orlando, FL 32801 (corner of Livingston & Garland). Show car awards will be announced at 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is $20.00 and ends Thursday April 12th. To download a registration form click the link below:

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or call Shannan & Bruce Goforth at 407.758.6394. All registration and donation checks should be made payable to Honor Flight Central Florida.

Online credit card donations for registration are accepted on our “HOME” page by clicking the “donate” button on the right side of the page.

Registration the day of the event is $25.00. 100% of the proceeds from this show will go directly to providing FREE flights for our Veterans. Attendees not registering a vehicle can attend for FREE. Donations to Honor Flight Central Florida in any amount are appreciated. Rain or shine, come join us!

We are also looking for SPONSORS and asking your HELP in donating items that we will use in raffles and auctions. Click the link below to download a sign-up form and tell us what you can donate for the cause. Gift cards to your businesses, donations of goods and/or services are greatly appreciated and NEEDED. We will acknowledge all in-kind donations for tax reasons, and you will be helping us provide absolutely free HONOR FLIGHTS to our Veteran Hometown Heroes, right here in Central Florida. It just doesn’t get any better.

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Honor Flight Network was created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials at no cost to them. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. After serving these veterans, our efforts then focus on honoring Korean and Vietnam Veterans. Since 2005 the Honor Flight Network has flown over 850,000 veterans from 46 states and 146 hubs. Honor Flight Central Florida is a registered HUB of the national Honor Flight Network. We are an all-volunteer registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization licensed to solicit charitable donations in Florida. We serve Central Florida Veterans regardless of which county they live in and fly out of the Orlando International Airport.

Media, Donation, Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities contact

Bruce & Shannan Goforth -Event Co-Chairs
creators of the Camp Challenge Cruise In
407.758.6394 | hotrodsforhonorflight@gmail.com

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR HONOR FLIGHT CENTRAL FLORIDA INC. , A FLORIDA BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION (REGISTRATION CH48961) MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING 800-435-7352 WITHIN FL. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! DONATE PRODUCTS or SERVICES FOR THE “HOT RODS FOR HEROES” CAR SHOW!

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We are asking our supporters and our Honor Flight Central Florida family and friends to help us by donating items we can raffle or auction at our upcoming Hot Rods for Heroes fundraiser on April 14th, 2018. If you have goods and/or services you can give, or gift cards & coupons please download the attached form and send it to us so we can add you to our growing list of donors and sponsors of this awesome event. We provide Honor Flights to our hometown heroes at absolutely zero cost to them. All they did was save the world and preserve freedom for all of us. Don’t we all owe them? Show them that their service and sacrifices will never be forgotten by supporting our mission to honor and provide closure to the most senior Veterans among us.

Give until it hurts – they did!

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS AND OUR MISSION. REMEMBER, WE CAN’T ALL BE HEROES, BECAUSE SOME OF US HAVE TO STAND ON THE CURB AND CLAP AS THEY GO BY……

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR HONOR FLIGHT CENTRAL FLORIDA INC. , A FLORIDA BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION (REGISTRATION CH48961) MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING 800-435-7352 WITHIN FL. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Honor Flight Central Florida is blessed by the generosity of Supporters & Donors that help make the planes fly!

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. Thanks to One Senior Place for their continued support of our mission.

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. Thanl you to LIMU for offering their continued support of our mission since 2013.

Winter Park Construction will be sponsoring a team of Guardians to accompany our hometown heroes on their Honor Flight on the fall of 2018. Thank you to WPC for offering their continued support of our mission since 2012.

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. Thanks to Tijuana Flats Just in Queso Foundation for their continued support of our mission.

We want to thank all our corporate donors and sponsors, without whom our mission could not be carried out.

Honor Flight Central Florida Missions are scheduled for April 28th and June 9th, 2018

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.

 

Twenty-four more Central Florida Veterans will take their Honor Flight on Saturday, October 21st!

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.

Honor Flight Central Florida holds our next Honor Flight tomorrow!

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!

Join us in our heroes homecoming for our 10-7 and 10-21 Honor Flights!

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.

OUR SEPTEMBER 16th HONOR FLIGHT MISSION IS CANCELLED. FLIGHTS ARE NOW ON OCTOBER 7th & OCTOBER 21st! HOMECOMING EVENTS ARE PLANNED.

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!

HONOR CENTRAL FLORIDA GEARING UP FOR THE NEXT FLIGHT MISSION…

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”.

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