Honor Flight Northeast Indiana will be able to take 84 veterans to Washington, D.C. on a fully funded flight. Retired Ivy Tech professor, Janet Geib, donated $80,000 to the nonprofit.
Geib will join HFNEI and veterans on the journey. She will join three veterans in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“I shudder to think what this country would be if it weren’t for those veterans who have gone before us, those present and future, Geib said in a news release. “Freedom means so much to me and more so after visiting many countries that are oppressed in some way. Learn, earn, and return–is a motto which I saw years ago and I try to live by. God bless the USA!”
Honor Flight 29 10 WWII veterans, 69 Korean veterans, 5 Cold War veterans and 5 Vietnam veterans. 95-year-old Agatha Tourney, who was an Army nurse during WWII, is among the veterans on the trip.
It will depart from the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The group is expected to return the same night at the Fort Wayne International Airport. HFNEI will post an approximate arrival time on its Facebook page. Anyone can wait at the terminal to welcome the veterans home.
The next Honor Flight will be Oct. 17.