Honoring Women: First All-Women Honor Flight
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that honors U.S. veterans by flying them for free to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials dedicated to their service. Last month, the first all-women flight took place.
The Villages Honor Flight, one of 130 hubs of the Honor Flight Network, flew a group of 109 veteran women out of Orlando Sanford International Airport to Washington D.C. to visit the National Museum of the United States Navy, the United States Air Force Memorial, the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. This included the oldest woman on the flight: 97-year-old Ruth Jones, a World War II Army Vet. This all-expenses-paid, one-day journey to D.C. comprised of a chartered airliner, bus transportation, police escort, meals, t-shirts and hats, and other amenities required for the veterans to travel as comfortably and safely as possible.
The Honor Flight Network and all its branches are supported by volunteers who rely on grants and generous donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations to fund their Veteran mission. Since 2005, they have provided flights to 250,000+ veterans.
To volunteer your time, or to donate to support the Honor Flight mission, check out their website at https://www.honorflight.org/.