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.

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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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The final Honor Flight Central Florida Flight Mission of 2017 is less than 60 days away on Saturday, September 16, 2017!

Your local Honor Flight “hub”, Honor Flight Central Florida, will be conducting our last flight mission of 2017 on Saturday, September 16. The public plays a large role in the effort to Honor our local heroes and we hope you can be a part of the overdue tribute to their service and sacrifices. As a Guardian donor, you can accompany one of our Honorees on their Honor Flight to Washington DC and join with them when they visit and reflect at the Memorials erected for them by our grateful nation. Honor Flight Guardians are special folks that play a critical part in the honor we provide to our hometown heroes by contributing their time to accompany one of our Honorees on their Honor Flight and covering their own cost to do so by a donation to Honor Flight Central Florida, your local hub in the national Honor Flight Network. Many of our Honored Veterans have never seen their memorial, and for many, this may be the one of the final trips of their lifetime. Guardians accompany their assigned Veterans shoulder to shoulder throughout the flight mission as their flight buddies and “pilots” of their wheelchairs, assuring they comfortably witness the sights and memorials built for them, and join in experiencing the cathartic release and closure to their service that often transpires during an Honor Flight. Being a Guardian to an Honor Flight Honoree is an experience you will never forget, and provides an opportunity to give back to those who gave so much for us. A link to Guardian applications can be found here on our main menu. We also welcome and encourage all members of the public to be a part of the “welcome home” event at Orlando airport on our return to the “City Beautiful” at the close of our Honoree’s special day. Most of our Honorees never experienced a real welcome home after their service, so we endeavor to provide the one we believe they rightly deserved, so they can witness the admiration of those who are thankful to them for their sacrifices firsthand. Welcome home events are a great time for families to share in, and we hope that you can play a role in personally thanking our Honorees for their sacrifices. That’s what Honor Flight is all about, and we cannot carry out our mission without your support. For more information on donating or being an Honor Flight Guardian call us at 407 203-7010 or write us at honor.flight.central.florida@gmail.com.

Remember, our Veterans honored us with their service, it’s our time to honor them….

The Reunion for our May 6th and June 3rd flight is just around the corner!

We are so excited to be holding the reunion for our May 6th and June 3rd Honor Flights this weekend, and cannot wait to see our Honored Veterans and their Guardians. Reunions are a chance for us to be together again and for all of us to share our own Honor Flight experience with everyone attending, including our families and friends.

We look forward to this Saturday’s gathering and catching up with everyone. For more information call 407 203-7010.