I've been to Washington, D.C. on numerous tours that I've lead over the years but nothing comes even close to the experience that an Honor Flight can give you. If you've ever been to DC, you know that the traffic in the area is ridiculous. Imagine that not being an issue. The Parks Police move traffic so that the bus convoy, carrying our American heroes, does not have to stop and keep to it's tight schedule.
The day starts out early with check in, a "Fast Pass" security that will make you never want to go through the TSA screening again, breakfast, and the "National Anthem" sung by every veteran, guardian, volunteer, flight staff, TSA agent, passengers of different flights, active duty military members, Scouts, and airport staff - everyone. Then it's boarding and take off. Once we land in DC is when the Park Police show up to escort Honor Flight groups throughout Arlington and Washington.
Each Honor Flight is different in the way they conduct their programs. Each schedules their own flights, their own guides, and sets the schedule for the day. Regardless of the schedule set forth, seeing the dedication of each of these brave men and women who answered the call and were willing to give their all, it certainly makes you appreciate the freedoms we have today even more seeing these heroes among their fellow veterans.
If you've never been out to Washington, D.C. I encourage you to check out the Guardian application page on our website - unless you're a WWII, Korean, or Vietnam veteran, then you should stop by the Veteran page. This experience is something special for an outsider. Veterans all have a common bond together - a willingness to give their life in sacrifice for the safety of others. Us outsiders - better known as Guardians - get to be there and see their comradery come out, we get to see their eyes light up when they step off the plane in Reagan National, and we get to see their eyes fill with tears on the return flight back. It's a moving experience - one that won't leave your eyes dry by any means!
As much as I would like to tell you more about this life changing experience, I can't give away some of the secrets of the trade. You'll simply have to come along with us sometime and experience our nation's capital the Midwest Honor Flight way with an American Hero by your side the entire way telling you stories of their childhood, their time of service, and their life after.
Feeling lead to help out but can't serve as a Guardian? Trips are simply not possible without public support. Prior to Honor Flight Network, our veterans had given up all hope of ever seeing the World War II Memorial. Now they have hope… but time is not on our side. The time to act is NOW! This program operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Midwest Honor Flight is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Please contribute to our mission, in support of our American Heroes! All donations are tax deductible.
As always, if you have any questions about what you can do to help out Midwest Honor Flight or about our program here in Northwest Iowa and Southeast South Dakota, don't hesitate to contact us. We can be reached via mail, phone, email, and social media, all listed below for your convenience. Thank you for your support of our organization and in ensuring that each veteran that applies get the opportunity to take one final tour with HONOR!
One Final Tour with HONOR,
Aaron Van Beek | President & Director, Midwest Honor Flight
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