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Welcome Home for Honor Flight

This reception/flight is Memorial Day Weekend. What a great way to celebrate our Veterans than to welcome home this next Honor Flight group on Saturday, 23 May. We’ve had great feedback, and the receptions they get from you all is one of the regular highlights! As you know, we have an ambitious spring schedule, and after this flight, we have a break until early September. We’ll be doing the same thing as last time, but arrival time has been moved back to no later than 9pm! The airport, TSA and USAirways are doing all in their power to make it easier for us all to do this. Please spread the word across WPAFB and the local community and let’s line the hallways in the Dayton Airport to welcome home this next batch of at least 80-90 Veterans!  

Council Point of Contact for units to contact for more information is:

Bob Hemmerly
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(937) 305-4979

Honor Flight Dayton has 4 more chartered flights planned this year, counting this one, with a goal of getting close to 100 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans on each flight. The arrival time is scheduled for 10:35pm, but to be in the gate area with us when the plane arrives, you must get a gate pass from the US Airways ticket counter and process through TSA prior to 9:00pm. We’ve had over 200 people at the gate both flights this year and several hundred more downstairs. You continue to amaze me with your support. Your participation in these homecomings means the world to the veterans, and it means the world to HFD as well. Your participation means that our heroes know they are honored, know they are remembered and know that what they did to protect our home and way of life has not been forgotten and will live on in the memories of our children and our children's children. 

Honor Flight’s goal when it was originated, right here in Springfield, Ohio, was to get every WWII veteran to Washington DC to see the memorial built for them in 2004-2005. The memorial was built 60 years late, and we were losing these WWII veterans before many of them could see the memorial. One person’s good will to take a veteran to see his memorial, flying his personal plane right out of Springfield, OH with several other volunteer pilots, turned into a nationwide organization that, as of the end of 2014, has now taken 138,817 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans to see their memorials free of charge. In addition, 88,434 guardians have paid their own way to take care of these veterans on these trips from 134 flight/travel hubs in 42 states. Honor Flight Dayton is an incredible organization and a tribute to the idea that one person can make a difference in the lives of many. 

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