Honor Flight Network
Posted on 05/01/2014 at 12:00 AM by Barbara Buckner
Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org) was founded in 2004 to assist our WWII heroes with getting to Washington DC to the WWII memorial. What began with volunteer pilots flying these men and women at their own cost to Washington DC has expanded into a nationwide program thanks to their partnership with Southwest Airlines in providing free flights. Many of these flights will carry about 30 veterans, along with family and volunteers, for just the day.
There is always a “request for volunteers” on the day these veterans are leaving and returning home for local community members and groups to come to the airport to greet these Veterans and show them how much we still appreciate what they did.
This is a great opportunity for Civil Air Patrol to become involved!
By visiting www.honorflight.org/programs, you will see a map where you can select your state and review the list of departure points as well as the local point of contact.
* Talk with your Unit members about putting together “welcome” groups of Cadets and Seniors.
* Offer your Cadets to serve as Color Guard for these events.
* Work with your Public Affairs Officer to get out press releases before and/or after the event.
This is another way to not only give back to the community but also let them know about the Civil Air Patrol program.
Maj Barb Buckner
National Recruiting & Retention Officer