Flight will include visits to memorials in D.C., other sites
CINCINNATI (May 20, 2014)— Seventy-two Tristate veterans and their guardians will take an Honor Flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) today, 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 South Eastern Indiana area.
The flight will include visits to the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Iwo Jima, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the US Air Force Memorial and other D.C. sites.
“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.”
The May 20 flight will depart CVG at 8 a.m. It will be preceded by bag pipes from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, an Honor Guard ceremony and other special remarks in the area near the east end of the security checkpoint, all beginning about 6 a.m.
“We are honored to play a part in an event that recognizes true national heroes who bravely served our country,” said William T. (Bill) Robinson III, Kenton County Airport Board Chairman.
A total of 149 people will be on the US Airways chartered flight. Each veteran is accompanied by a guardian, 60 percent of the guardians are family and 40 percent of the guardians are volunteers. The next Honor Flight will be Aug. 19.
To contribute or volunteer for Honor Flight Tri-State, visit honorflighttristate.org.