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From the Honor Flight Website:
Time is of the Essence.
Based on recent 2008 statistics, we are losing World War II veterans at the rate of approximately 1,000 per day. Honor Flight Network will continue do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and help our senior heroes travel absolutely free.
Subsequent to the World War II veterans, our efforts will then focus on our Korean War and then Vietnam War veterans, honoring them similarly.
The History of Honor Flight
The inaugural Honor Flight took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking twelve World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, DC. In August of 2005, an ever-expanding waiting list of veterans led our transition to commercial airline carriers with the goal of accommodating as many veterans as possible. Partnering with HonorAir in Hendersonville, North Carolina, we formed the "Honor Flight Network." Today, we continue working aggressively to expand our programs to other cities across the nation.
Honor Flight Facts:
In our first year, 2005, HFN safely transported 137 veterans to see THEIR memorials, at no cost to the veterans.
In our second year, 2006, HFN safely transported 891 veterans to see THEIR memorials, at no cost to the veterans.
In our third year, 2007, HFN safely transported over 5,000 veterans to see THEIR memorials, at no cost to the veterans.
In our fourth year, 2008, HFN safely transported 11,137 veterans to see THEIR memorials, at no cost to the veterans.
And in 2009, HFN safely transported 17,832 veterans to see THEIR memorials, at no cost to the veterans!
With the continued support of grateful Americans, by the end of the 2009 flying season in November, HFN transported more than 35,996 veterans of World War II, Korea and Viet Nam to see the memorials built to honor their suffering and sacrifice to keep this great nation free and a world leader.
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