Back in the Skies Again!
Honor Flight Arizona is very proud to have returned from a three-day journey to Washington D.C. where it represented the entire national Honor Flight Network in celebrating 250,000 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans sent to their memorials since 2005. Truly an epic and memorable journey for all who participated!
American Airlines provided Honor Flight Arizona with complimentary travel aboard the 190-seat American Airlines A321 air bus that was very recently christened “Flagship Valor.” The passenger manifest included 100 Arizona Veterans, 60 guardians, a six-member medical team, Honor Flight Arizona board members, and several guests representing American Airlines and the national Honor Flight Board of Directors. An additional 50 guardians and active military joined and assisted our group in Baltimore.
Twelve World War II Veterans were aboard, two of whom were 100 years old — born six days apart in 1922. The remainder of the Veterans aboard were Korean War and Vietnam War era Veterans. Three Veterans had served in all three wars — WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Following a first-night dinner at the Baltimore Airport Hilton Hotel, the second day sights visited included: changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, the Air Force Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and a special ceremony commemorating the 250,000th Honor Flight Veterans at the World War II Memorial. Speakers at the event included Senator Elizabeth Dole and Arizona Senator Mark Kelly. Dinner followed that evening at Fort Myer.
The full photo album for the trip can be viewed on our SmugMug account.