Time is of the Essence.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Honor Flight Network will continue do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and help our 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. (Note: Some hubs are now accepting applications from Korean and Vietnam Veterans. Please contact your local hub to see if they are accepting these applications.)
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The History of Honor Flight
The Honor Flight Network was cofounded by Earl Morse, a physician assistant and retired Air Force captain, and Jeff Miller, a small business owner and son of a WWII veteran.
Earl Morse worked in a Department of Veteran Affairs clinic in Springfield, OH where he saw many patients who were World War II veterans. After the National World War II Memorial was completed in 2004, he realized that many of his WWII patients would not be able to travel to DC to see their memorial. Morse, himself a pilot, offered to fly with two veterans to Washington to see the memorial and pitched his idea to a local aeroclub of 300 private pilots at a local Air Force base, proposing that the pilots would pay for the flights for the veterans to Washington and personally escort them around the city. Eleven volunteered and in May 2005, six small planes flew 12 veterans to Washington, DC for the first Honor Flight. By 2005, a board was formed, funds were raised, and volunteers had joined.
In late 2005, Jeff Miller, a dry-cleaning company owner in Henderson, NC had a similar idea but on a larger scale. Miller, the son of a World War II veteran and nephew of a B-24 pilot who died in the war, had been a charter member of the National World War II Memorial Foundation. Miller was also concerned that WWII veterans would not be able to go see their new memorial. Miller formed HonorAir and began flying WWII veterans from the Asheville Regional Airport using chartered aircraft. By the end of 2006, HonorAir had flown more than 300 WWII veterans to their memorial in D.C.
In February of 2007, Morse and Miller met in Washington, DC at the first “Summit” and merged Honor Flight and HonorAir into what is now known as the Honor Flight Network. By 2017, there were 140 Honor Flight Network regional hubs across the United States. Now, HFN is escorting WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to see their memorials in DC. At the end of the 2017 flying season, the network has escorted over 200,000 veterans to their memorials, free of cost to the veterans.
In the Spring of 2008, Senator Bob Dole nominated both Earl Morse and Jeff Miller for the prestigious Presidential Citizens Medal. The medal was awarded to Morse and Miller by President George W. Bush in the Oval Office in December of 2008.