Honor Flight Recruits Veterans For First Trip Out Of Lexington

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Updated: 2/26 12:44 pm
Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter is organizing their first trip out of Lexington and is looking for veterans to take part in the special trip to Washington, D.C.

Honor Flight is a program that takes aging war veterans from around the country to Washington, D.C. for a day of sight-seeing, most notably to the memorials dedicated to their military efforts. Their trip is free.

According to Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter, the first Honor Flight flew May 21, 2005 with six small planes flying 12 World War II veterans, departing out of Springfield, Ohio. In 2006, with a waiting list of veterans expanding rapidly, the Honor Flight transitioned to commercial airline carriers to accommodate the maximum number of Veterans possible.

In the United States, we lose an estimated 1,500 WWII veterans each day. For this reason, Honor Flight gives favor to sending WWII veterans on these exceptional trips, but they are also taking applications from Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

Since 2008, Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter says it has transported over 1,200 WWII Veterans with flights departing from Louisville. This year, they will charter their first trip out of Lexington's Blue Grass Airport. The flight is scheduled for June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

For more information about Honor Flight and to fill out an application, you can visit. www.honorflightbluegrass.org. You can also tune into ABC 36 News at Noon on Wednesday to hear from organizers of the next Honor Flight.

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