Honor Flight Network is the national office for the 117 “hubs”or offices of Honor Flight. Their role is policy development, training and support/guidance for our nationwide network of volunteers.
For more in-depth information, please visit www.honorflight.org. A national map showing the states with active “regional hubs” and their contact information is available on their website.
Honor Flight’s History
WWII was a dark time when freedom across the world was threatened. Sixteen million men and women responded to the call to protect our nation and the world. Many never came back. Those who finally returned came home quietly, returning to their families and lives, and asking for little in return.
Honor Flight was conceived when the WWII Veterans Memorial was at last dedicated in 2004 to acknowledge what these men and women had accomplished. At that point, only one in four WWII veterans were still alive.
Earl Morse, a retired Air Force Captain and Physician Assistant was working at the VA hospital in Springfield, Ohio. He listened as the veterans spoke of wanting to visit the memorial, but recognized their lack of financial resources or physical stamina.
Earl, a private pilot, asked some of the vets if they would like him to fly them down to see the memorial. Upon hearing the offer, many broke down in tears. The first flight consisted of 12 veterans in four small planes and Honor Flight was born. By the end of 2013, over 140,000 veterans have traveled from 117 Honor Flight hubs across the United States to experience the memorial dedicated to them.