Leaves on Tuesday
COVINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2015) — For the first time in Honor Flight history, an all-female flight of 72 female Tristate veterans and their female veteran guardians will depart 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 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 South Eastern Indiana area.
Tuesday’s flight will include visits to the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Iwo Jima, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the US Air Force Memorial and a special visit to the Women in Combat Memorial at Arlington, along with 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.
The flight will depart 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 will be accompanied by a veteran guardian, with 10 percent of the guardians family and 90 percent volunteers who paid their own way or were sponsored by a corporation or individual.
Honor Flight Tri-State makes a total of five trips to Washington, D.C. per year. The final Honor Flight is Oct. 20.