Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the World War II veterans and giving them the opportunity to see the memorial that was built for them.
On Tuesday, a group of 80 Upstate South Carolina World War II veterans left for a full day in Washington with the Honor Flight tours. On Wednesday, more than a hundred midlands veterans will fly out of the Columbia Airport for the same one-day tour. In addition to the veterans, a number of Guardians will be along to assist when needed. The idea is to make the trip one of the best experiences of each veteran’s life.
Upon arrival at Reagan International Airport, the group receives a police escort to the World War II Memorial. Then it’s on to the Vietnam, the Korean and Marine Corps War Memorials in addition to viewing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The veterans will arrive home to a heroes welcome that evening.
With many of these veterans now in their mid to late 80’s and 90’s, the mission has become that of getting as many veterans as possible to see the memorial before becoming too old or incapacitated.
The memorial to World War II veterans was not built until 2004.