Honor Flight Long Island Taking Veterans To Military Memorials

Honor Flight Long Island (HFLI), the iconic volunteer-run Veterans’ organization, is proud to announce resumption of bi-annual flights to Washington, D.C., after two years of pandemic related restrictions. HFLI’s first scheduled flight on Saturday, June 4, will take 40 United States Veterans to visit their military memorials, meet with service branch representatives, commiserate with fellow Veterans and exchange stories. Honor Flight’s mission is to honor fellow Long Islanders who gave all to defend the United States and preserve our freedoms, by providing free, one-day trips so Veterans can visit D.C.

Bill Jones, Honor Flight Long Island president, speaks at Veterans’ Reunion after their D.C. flight.

According to Bill Jones, HFLI President, West Point 1972 Graduate and U.S. Army Veteran, “This special flight includes 37 Vietnam War Veterans who will receive long overdue recognition and thanks for their service. They’ll be accompanied on this flight by three elder comrades, World War II Veterans of the ‘Greatest Generation.’  What this flight really represents is a ‘Big Hug’ to all our Veterans from Honor Flight, their families and supporters who make such flights possible,” Jones added. 

Thanks to HFLI, these 40 Veterans will take a free, early-morning Southwest flight to Washington D.C. Departing from Islip MacArthur Airport at 6:15 a.m., veterans and their Guardians will visit WWII and Vietnam Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery for a Changing of the Guard, and the Iwo Jima Memorial. They return to Islip later that evening at 8:45 p.m. for a rousing welcome by the Eastern Long Island Police Pipes and Drums Band plus thunderous applause from hundreds of family and supporters.

HFLI is accepting applications from Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Long Island Veterans are encouraged to sign up by going to the website, www.honorflightlongisland.org

It’s important to submit an application, as that will insure placement on the list.

Veterans fly for free, thanks to donations from across Long Island. They are accompanied by Guardians, able-bodied volunteers who donate $400 (tax deductible) to offset their travel costs. If there is no family member to act as a Guardian, Honor Flight has volunteers ready to step up for the privilege of escorting our heroes to their memorials.  

About Honor Flight Network

The Honor Flight Network was formed in 2005 with a mission of honoring our nation’s World War II Veterans by flying them to visit the Washington, D.C. WWII Memorial dedicated in 2004. The Honor Flight Network is currently comprised of over 130 hubs throughout the country dedicated to carrying out the Honor Flight mission. In addition to WWII Veterans, the organization now transports those who served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, later conflicts and in special cases of terminal illness or injury, Veterans from more recent service eras. Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has taken more than 250,000 Veterans to Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit honorflight.org.  

Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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