On May 11, Honor Flight Long Island will take WWII and Korean War veterans on a free, early-morning flight to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. Departing from Islip MacArthur Airport at 6:05 a.m., veterans and their guardians will go on a guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery, WWII, Korean War, Air Force, Navy and other memorials, as well as meet officers from their military branches. They will return to Islip at 9:50 p.m., to an emotional welcome by hundreds of family members and friends.
Honor Flight Long Island (HFLI) is a local, nonprofit chapter of the national Honor Flight Network. HFLI organizes, hosts and pays for biannual flights to D.C. each spring and fall. Each trip includes 50 veterans who attend for free, thanks to donations from across Long Island. They are accompanied by 50 guardians, next generation, able-bodied volunteers who donate $400 (tax deductible) to offset the day’s travel expenditures. If there is no family member to act as a guardian, don’t worry, HFLI has a roster of volunteers ready to step up for the privilege and donate the required fee.
After last year’s Sept. 22 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., a reunion was held at the American Airpower Museum, Farmingdale, on Dec. 8. HFLI president Bill Jones commended the 50 veterans who took the trip.
“Your country said that it needed you and you said yes, I will go,” Jones said.
HFLI is now accepting applications for future flights from WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. Veterans from other theaters of conflict with a life-limiting illness are also encouraged to apply for future flights. Contact Honor Flight and they will make all the required arrangements.
For more details on HFLI, to apply for spots on an upcoming flight, or to make a contribution to become a veteran’s guardian, visit www.honorflightlongisland.org or call Virginia Bennett at 631-702-2423.