Thousands of World War II veterans receive free flights to Washington, D.C., to visit the war memorial built in their honor, thanks to the Honor Flight program. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that takes place every year to honor WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and other veterans and allow them to visit their memorials, which otherwise they would be unable to see.
According to their website, the Honor Flight Network has flown over 180,000 veterans to the war memorials in Washington, D.C. since they started operating in 2005. In 2016 alone the program had over 20,000 WWII veterans take a trip on one of the Honor Flights.
Part of the special trip is a mail call while on the airplane, something that the veterans are unaware of before they take the trip. Volunteers with the Honor Flight collect letters from veterans’ family member ahead of time, and then once they are all up in the air there is an old-fashioned military style mail call. The packets of letters and cards are passed out to each of the veterans.
Watch veterans on one flight react to a surprise mid-flight mail delivery packed with letters and cards from community members thanking them for their service.
After seeing how Honor Flights helps some of the country’s venerable veterans, show your support for them by signing this petition asking the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to concentrate more focus on caring for our older vets.
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