Another year of Honor Flights out of northeast Indiana is coming coming to a close.
More than 80 veterans are taking the trip to Washington D.C. Wednesday.
It’s the 30th flight for the local branch of the national organization, and it’s also the last trip of 2018.
A total of 85 veterans from three different wars are expected to make the trip. Two fought in World War II, 75 served during the Korean War, and eight served in Vietnam.
The group, accompanied by volunteer guardians, organizers, and medical staff, is flying to Washington D.C. to visit several war memorials built in their honor.
Rep. Jim Banks (R) 3rd District was at the 122nd Fighter Wing Wednesday morning. He addressed the group as they prepared to take off for Washington. Banks said he usually meets up with the flights in D.C., but he was in Fort Wayne Wednesday and decided to stop by to send the group off. You can watch his full live interview from First News below.
Since its inception, Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) has taken nearly 2,200 veterans on the trip.
It’s all possible thanks to donations from individuals, organizations, and businesses.
This flight is sponsored by CWC Logistics, Green Pro Lawn and Landscape, and CWC Transportation Services.
“We are most appreciative of the contributions from CWC Logistics, Green Pro Lawn & Landscape and CWC Transportation Services,” Dennis Covert, HFNEI President, said. “Their generosity ensures that 85 veterans will have the opportunity to spend the day together in remembrance and be given the accolades they so richly deserve.”
The businesses also released a joint statement about their donation to HFNEI.
“Thank you for bravely doing what you were called to do, so we can safely do what we are free to do.”
HFNEI’s 30th flight is expected to return to Fort Wayne International Airport around 9 p.m. Wednesday. The public is welcome and encouraged to gather at the main terminal to greet the returning group with a patriotic welcome home.
You can follow the group’s more exact timing and progress on HFNEI’s Facebook page.