January 9, 2019 – Central Florida
Honor Flight Central Florida has made definitive arrangements for their first two flight missions of 2019.
We are pleased to have booked group travel for May 4th and June 15th, 2019, and are excited to continue to make these flights possible for Veterans that apply at absolutely no cost to them.
Those Veterans applying should be aware of the priorities we follow: Seriously ill Veterans are given the top priority, followed by those Veterans of WWll, Korea and Vietnam eras in that order. We endeavor to take all that qualify for our flight missions, but do have a waiting list, so we encourage all Veterans of the aforementioned eras to apply promptly. Allow for us to take you on that one last mission – one of honor and closure.
Members of the public that want to participate in our flight missions have an unparalleled opportunity to support our honorees as Honor Flight “Guardians” to our treasured Veterans, and accompany them on our trips to the capital. Guardians are the front line battle buddies to our heroes, and there to support them throughout the Honor Flight experience by assisting them in the visits we make to Arlington National Cemetery, and the WWll, Korea and Vietnam Memorials built in their honor. Guardians have an immense responsibility that will provide equally immense personal satisfaction for playing a role we consider to be a true privilege. Being a Guardian to one of our honored Veterans provides a completely unique way to personally give back to those who have given us all so very much. Guardians are the angels that help to make these flights possible and witness firsthand the immediate and lasting impact our program has on our heroes. We are blessed to be able to raise funds to make these trips completely free for our heroes, and so, ask that our Guardians cover their own travel cost by way of a donation to Honor Flight Central Florida.
Applications to fly with us as a Veteran or Guardian are available here on our website. When we have received them, and have a spot available for you, we will make personal contact. No donations from Guardians are requested until we can confirm your travel.
“We can’t all be heroes. Someone has to stand on the curb and clap as they go by”
We are so very excited to make a return to the ACE Cafe Orlando, for our second annual Hot Rods for Heroes Car Show Fundraiser, and we want to see your car there. Last year’s event was a sell out and we are ready to hold a place for your own special ride this year and recommend you register early to ensure you can be a part of this awesome family event at the top Car Show destination in all of central Florida. Read more about our event, and more importantly, access the registration form by clicking the link below.
Bring out your ride, have an awesome day at ACE Cafe, and help us keep the planes flying.
REGISTRATION FLYER – 2019 2nd Annual Honor Flight Central Florida – Hot Rods for Heroes
Our 2nd Annual Hot Rods for Heroes Car Show is scheduled for March 30, 2019 at the awesome ACE Cafe Orlando. We need your help to make it successful and have more information about how you can help and a sign-up form attached here that you can use to communicate that to us. Click on the link below to learn more, and thank you for supporting our mission with your help for this great event!
SIGN UP – 2019 2nd Annual Honor Flight Central Florida – Hot Rods for Heroes
Sept 9, 2018 – Honor Flight Central Florida is pleased to report that our next and last scheduled flight for 2018 is quickly approaching . With a flight mission orientation scheduled for Saturday Sept 22nd, we will be hosting 50 of our home town heroes and 50 of their dedicated Guardians scheduled to travel to our Nation’s capital the following Saturday, September 29th. We are excited to be touring the Veteran Memorials on a mission of honor so that our heroes can view and reflect at those memorials built for them. It’s our deepest hope that we can provide a day that will show these brave and valiant men and women that their service is appreciated and that their sacrifices and those of others many since departed, will never ever be forgotten. Our group includes 12 Veterans of WWll, 19 Veterans of the Korea War and 19 Veterans of the Vietnam War era. Two of our Honored Vets are women that served our Country as Vietnam era Vets in the Army. Our most senior Honoree is a 98 year old WWII Veteran of the Army & Air Force who served as a famed Tuskegee Airman. Our group served in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corp. Many served in multiple war eras.
Our arrival back to Orlando the evening of Sept 29th will be on Southwest Airlines Flight # 6293 due in MCO (not Sanford) at 9:15PM. We hope you will save the date and mark your calendar so you can play an important part in the honor due these heroes, by joining our ground welcome team to provide a welcome home that these heroes deserve. Welcome home events are for the family. Bring flags, bring signs, and be prepared for a once in a lifetime chance to show each and every Veteran what their service and sacrifices means to you and America.
If you can read this, thank a teacher, but if you can read this in english, thank a Veteran!
Remember, “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they walk by”
DUE TO A TYPO WE INCORRECTLY REPORTED OUR ARRIVING FLIGHT NUMBER FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH. OUR CORRECT ARRIVING FLIGHT NUMBER IS SOUTHWEST #3500 DEPARTING BALTIMORE AT 7:10 PM AND ARRIVING IN TO ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT 9:25 PM. WE ARE ASKING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD LIKE TO GREET OUR HOMETOWN HEROES TO BE ASSEMBLED IN TERMINAL A BY STARBUCKS AT 9:45 PM. COME OUT AND SHOW OUR HEROES HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE THEIR SERVICE AND THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES. BRING FLAGS, SIGNS, AND MOST IMPORTANT YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO GREET OUR 24 VETERANS OF WWll, KOREA, AND VIETNAM. GIVE THEM THE WELCOME HOME THEY DESERVE AND NEVER GOT UPON COMPLETION OF THEIR SERVICE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US!
May 18, 2018 – Honor Flight Central Florida’s second flight mission of the 2018 season has a full manifest of passengers and is preparing for flight day. In less than two short weeks we will be boarding our flight at Orlando International Airport to head to our nation’s capital so our twenty-four Honored Veterans of WWll and the Korea War can view and reflect at the memorials built for them and their fallen comrades in arms.
We are pleased to be hosting hometown heroes from right here in Central Florida for a day we plan to be filled with honor and gratitude to those who deserve it most. Were it not for the brave and valiant men and women who fought to preserve freedom here and around the world, we would be living in a different place than the one we enjoy today.
We hope that at the end of their day, you can join with your friends, family and neighbors to greet our heroes with the fanfare to which they should be entitled. Bring signs and flags, and join the community to express your gratitude and show our thanks for their service and sacrifices.
We are returning to Orlando International Airport on Southwest Airlines flight #3500 due to arrive at 9:25PM, and are asking those who will, to meet up by the Starbucks in Terminal A at 9:45PM to greet our Honorees after their day of touring the Veteran’s Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.
We hope to see you there! Remember, “we can’t all be heroes, because someone has to stand on the curb and clap when they go by”.
“I have just returned from an Honor flight on April 28. My heart felt thanks to all the Guardians and Volunteers who made this one of the happiest days of my life. I have never seen such an operation run so smoothly in my life. I am so proud and thankful to have been a part of this program. God Bless you all so much.”
Bill Broadhead, USMC – Korea War, April 28th Honor Flight Mission
“An amazing organization made up of volunteers that truly love their country, their fellow man & those that served! Thank YOU for the opportunity to honor my dad & the other vets that were on the April 28th Flight. I will never be able to share the experience with others without my eyes filling up with tears. An absolutely indescribable experience that left me proud of our country! Well done HFCF! Well done!”
Susan Ritenour Crosby – Daughter of Don Ritenour, an Honored Vet on our April 28th Honor Flight Mission.
Honor 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!
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!
SIGN UP – 2018 1st Annual Honor Flight Central Florida – Hot Rods for Heroes (4)
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……
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