If you own a sweet ride and want to be part of the premier Car Show in Central Florida, shine up that beauty and get registered to show it at Honor Flight Central Florida’s 2nd Annual “Hot Rods for Heroes” held at the #1 show venue – Ace Cafe, Orlando. You’ll be able to meet and greet your hometown heroes of WWll, Korea and Vietnam, be treated to some jammin’ tunes from WJBJ jocks Jen & Butch, get to meet and talk with the heroic subject and author of “Black Hawk Down”, Florida’s own US Army (RET) Colonel Danny McKnight, and former WWE Superstar and American Gladiator turned Longwood Deputy Mayor, The Blueprint” Matt Morgan.
We will have some historic military vehicles on display, the Vietnam Tribute Truck available to be signed by our attending Veterans, a pinning of Vietnam Veterans in attendance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that conflict. Add to that a scheduled fly-by of historic aircraft, display of the largest American Flag we have ever seen, live appearances and performances by some very talented folks including Florida’s own “Bomber Girls” and others, raffles and auction items all will love, and food served up by Ace Cafe, this is far beyond being just another car show. We will have one of a kind trophies for our judges winning selections, and a Veteran’s Choice Award to present too!
If all that isn’t enough to inspire you to register early and be a part of this great family event, the funds we raise will make it possible for Honor Flight Central Florida to keep the planes flying and transport your local hometown heroes of WWll, Korea and Vietnam, at zero cost to them, to Washington DC, for one last tour of honor, where they can view and reflect at the memorials built as tribute to them and all those we lost during those conflicts. As an all volunteer organization, your support goes directly to our mission, and we can’t accomplish it without your support.
You can find registration materials and sign up forms to sponsor or donate to our event right here:
Use the donate button just below our main menu to donate or pay your registration fee.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR OWN VETERAN COMMUNITY OF HEROES AND OUR MISSION AT HONOR FLIGHT CENTRAL FLORIDA. IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER. IF YOU CAN READ THIS IN ENGLISH, THANK A VETERAN.
Here is a link to our Hot Rods for Heroes Car Show registration flyer. Please print this out to use for registering your ride at this great family event and fundraiser:
And here is a link to our sign up sheet with more information for those who can help us with donations, or have items we can use for fundraising. We need your help to keep the planes flying:
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.
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!
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