This week, the 14th Honor Flight received a hero’s welcome upon their return to the terminal after a whirlwind trip to tour the nation’s capital, thanks to Honor Flight SC. Ninety WWII and Korean War veterans enjoyed a daylong trip to Washington, DC.
You can see more photos on our Facebook page, including the Hampton Park Christian School playing as the soldiers returned. The terminal was filled with crowds waving American flags and holding signs thanking them for their service.
Check out their welcoming committee in this video clip:
Honor Flight Upstate SC is a nonprofit, volunteer-based program that is dedicated to honoring veterans and the sacrifices they have made. They are affiliated with the national Honor Flight Network and serve veterans in the upstate and surrounding areas by offering a program that flies our World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, DC, to see the memorials built in their honor, and to experience recognition for their service at no cost to the veterans.
Travelers Rest HS students raised more than $30,000 for Honor Flight Upstate to make this trip and future flights possible. Honor Flight Upstate is also supported by those who volunteer and pay their way to serve as “Guardians” for Honor Flight trips and by support staff and medical professionals to keep the travelers safe. It costs $600 to send each veteran on this trip, covering their plane ticket, bus transportation around DC, food and other incidental needs.
Honor Flight Upstate SC has flown over 900 veterans to Washington, DC since May, 2008, thanks to many financial supporters in the community. More than 100 local veterans have registered to take part in future Honor Flights – to learn more about Honor Flight Upstate and supporting future Honor Flights, visit their website at honorflightupstate.com.
Thank you to everyone who helped us welcome home our heroes.