FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) is presenting “A Drive Thru Salute to All Veterans” at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.
“There are a lot of older veterans that haven’t received the recognition that they should have. Some of them have told us that they’ve never been thanked and they came home 50 years ago,” said Adam Brouwer, HFNEI’s Fundraising and Special Event Coordinator. “So, for us it’s the opportunity to give them that long awaited gratitude that they deserve.”
The salute will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Patriot Guard and Corvette Club are among the groups expected to be in attendance.
Brouwer said one side of the drive-thru will be designated for the public to greet the veterans while the Corvette Club, Patriot Group and bands will be on the other side.
“Everybody will just be waving flags, waving to the veterans and they can get that recognition in a safe way without having to get out of their car and still be comfortable in the process,” said Brouwer.
All cars attending the salute are asked to enter from Parnell Ave. and will exit onto Coliseum after navigating the celebration corridor.
The event coordinators say this is additionally an opportunity for HFNEI to stay connected with all veterans who have patiently waited for clearance to resume Honor Flights.
“Our most recent update from Honor Flight National Network is that we are tentatively to resume flights after August 15th,” said Dennis Covert, the HFNEI President. “We hope that the veterans attending this Drive Thru event will get a small taste of what our homecomings are like when we return from a flight.”
HFNEI is planning to fly out one Honor Flight in September and two in October.