The Gingrich Foundation is pleased to announce the Honor Flight Network as its August Charity of the Month, in recognition of those veterans who served in the Second World War.
The Honor Flight Network organizes Americans who fought in World War II to travel with other veterans in their area to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial in their honor, the World War II Memorial.
The first honor flights took place in 2005, just a year after the memorial opened, to help aging veterans of the Second World War make the trip to see their long-overdue monument in our nation’s capital.
The project was conceived by Mr. Earl Morse while he was working at a VA clinic in Springfield, Ohio. When the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. opened, Mr. Morse discussed it with many of the veterans who served in the war and found they would have difficulty making the journey to see it. In addition to his work at the clinic, Mr. Morse was also a private pilot. One day, he asked a veteran if he could fly him to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial, and the veteran accepted, breaking down in tears.
Not long after that trip, Mr. Morse asked other members of his aero club if they would be willing to assist the effort by flying WWII veterans on their planes to Washington, D.C. Several pilots stepped up to help, and in May 2005 the group flew 12 WWII vets from Ohio to Washington to visit their memorial. From that point, the project exploded. The next year, Mr. Morse co-founded the Honor Flight Network to work with local affiliates across the country to help Americans who served in World War II make the trip to Washington, D.C.
Soon, the organization began chartering planes to transport many veterans at a time.
Then in 2008, the Honor Flight Network began to partner with Southwest Airlines.
Once in Washington, veterans are met by volunteers who accompany them around the memorial and the city.
To date, the Honor Flight Network has carried nearly 160,000 veterans to Washington, D.C. — an amazing accomplishment. On any given day, visitors to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are likely to see these veterans and Honor Flight volunteers making their way around the site.
The Honor Flight Network does important work to honor the many sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation.
Please join us in supporting the Honor Flight Network today.