HONOLULU – November 11th, in honor of Veterans Day, Honor Flight Networks fThe first flight from Honolulu to Washington, DC returned to Hawaii after taking veterans on a visit to the nation’s capital.
Aboard the plane were 28 Hawaii veterans who had the unique opportunity to join their comrades to visit memorials erected in their honor and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The returning veterans were greeted heroically with a military band and dozens of supporters and volunteers cheering their arrival. Welcome addresses were delivered by Meredith Rosenbeck, CEO of Honor Flight Network, Ben Minicucci, CEO of Alaska Airlines, David Ige, Governor of Hawaii, and US Representative Ed Case. First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige was also in attendance. Grammy-nominated Native Hawaiian producer, singer-songwriter and recording artist Kimié Miner sang the national anthem for the event.
“I can imagine the deep joy these Hawaii veterans felt this week in our nation’s capital and upon their return to Hawaii on Veterans Day,” Rosenbeck said. “That is exactly the goal of the Honor Flight program—to give our nation’s veterans an opportunity to see the memorials erected in their honor. We are so grateful for Alaska Airlines’ incredible support and look forward to delivering more Honor Flight experiences with them in the future.”
Since 2005, Honor Flight Network has brought this experience to over 250,000 veterans across the country visiting the nation’s war memorials. Veterans or families of veterans who wish to apply for travel may visit www.honorflight.org. Additional trips for Hawaii veterans are planned for 2023 and beyond.
“Alaska Airlines is a proud supporter of all military personnel, past and present,” said Tim Thompson, director of external relations. “It is a privilege to be the launch partner for this historic flight and to fly Hawaiian veterans on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to our nation’s capital to see the memorials erected to honor their service and sacrifices. We look forward to future flights with the Honor Flight Network, community and other supporters to ensure other veterans in Hawaii can participate in this great program.”
Participating in a flight of honor allows veterans to join their brothers in witnessing the memorials erected in their honor and remembering those who made the greatest sacrifice for this country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Honor Flight Network coordinates the travel of approximately 22,000 veterans from across the country each year with the help of volunteers and generous partners. All honored veterans travel for free for them.
About Honor Flight Network
The Honor Flight Network was founded in 2005 with a mission to honor the nation’s veterans by bringing them to Washington, DC to visit the memorials and memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The Honor Flight Network currently consists of over 130 nodes across the country dedicated to carrying out the Honor Flight mission. In addition to World War II veterans, the organization currently honors those who served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, intermediate operations, and in special cases of terminal illness or injury, veterans of recent service. Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has brought over 250,000 veterans to Washington DC. For more information, see honorflight.org.