About Honor Flight Central Florida

Honor Flight Central Florida serves Veterans in our community by flying them to Washington, D.C. to see the Memorials a grateful Nation has built in their honor at no charge to the veteran. Guardians accompany veterans on this one day trip at their own expense to serve one of our nation's most senior citizens honoring them for their service to our nation at one of its most challenging times. We serve mainly Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk and Volusia Counties Form more information on Honor Flight Central Florida go to: http://honorflightcentralflorida.org

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO OUR JUNE 9th HONOR FLIGHT MISSION!

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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!

Our June 9th Honor Flight Mission is squared away and ready to fly! Join us to welcome our home town heroes when their Honor Flight returns to Orlando!

welcome homeMay 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”.

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“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

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“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.

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

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!

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.

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.

 

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.