CINCINNATI (May 20, 2013) — Seventy-one tristate veterans and their escorts will take an Honor Flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on Tuesday, destined for Washington D.C. to see memorials and participate in ceremonies that honor their service to their country.
Honor Flight Tri-State is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to fly World War II and Korean War veterans to their memorials in Washington, D.C. at no cost. All veterans traveling on this flight are from the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana area.
The May 21 flight departs at 8 a.m. and is the second from CVG this year. It will include visits to the World War II memorial, Korean War memorial, Vietnam War memorial, Iwo Jima, and the US Air Force memorial, as well as other Washington D.C. sights.
“Our goal is to honor as many veterans as we can before it is too late,” said Cheryl Popp, director of Honor Flight Tri-State. “If you want to meet the veterans — please come to the airport at 6 a.m. or be among the many locals welcoming them home at 10:15 pm the same night.”
Beginning at 6 a.m., the flight’s departure will be preceded by bag pipes from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, an Honor Guard ceremony and other special remarks near the security checkpoint.
“We are honored to play a part in an event that recognizes true national heroes who bravely served their country,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer at CVG.
To contribute or volunteer for Honor Flight Tri-State, visit www.honorflighttristate.org.