Leaves on Tuesday from CVG
COVINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2015) — Seventy-two tri-state veterans and their guardians will take an Honor Flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) 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 veterans 65 and older who served stateside or overseas to their memorials in Washington, D.C. at no cost. The oldest veterans will fly first. All veterans traveling on this flight are from the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern 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 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 p.m. the same night.”
The 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.
A total of 150 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 are volunteers.
Honor Flight Tri-State makes a total of five trips to Washington, D.C. per year. The remaining two flights are scheduled for Sept. 22 and Oct. 20. The Sept. 22 flight will be the nation’s first all-female Honor Flight.