The inaugural Honor Flight from the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight hub took place on Oct. 11-14, 2012. Thanks to the generosity of local citizens and organizations, and in particular to that of CBT Nuggets in Eugene, OR, 58 WWII veterans were able to make this trip to Washington, D.C. Including guardians and volunteers, each who paid their own expenses, the group totaled 105 people.
For 2013, Honor Flights were made on April 25-28, and on May 16-19. We took 25 veterans with 27 guardians on the April Honor Flight, and 27 veterans with 27 guardians in May.
On October 3 – 6, another 50 veterans and 54 guardians & volunteers made the trip to Washington D.C. In our first year of operation, 160 WWII veterans had the opportunity to experience their Honor Flight.
On May 15-18, 2014, 48 more WWII veterans experienced their Honor Flight. They were accompanied by 57 guardians and volunteers. Forty-one WWII veterans were on our October 16-19 Honor Flight.
In May of 2015, 28 WWII veterans and 18 Korean War veterans made their Honor Flight, bringing the total to 300 veterans who have experienced an Honor Flight with South Willamette Valley Honor Flight.
18 WWII and 23 Korean War veterans made their Honor Flight on October 15-18, 2015. The waiting list as of 110/16/15 stands at 53 WWII, Korean War, and Viet Nam War veterans. 19 WWII and 21 Korean War veterans traveled to D.C. on our May 12-15, 2016 Honor Flight. Our next Honor Flight will be on October 6-9, 2016. Preference will continue to be given to WWII veterans when filling our Honor Flights. Positions on a Honor Flight are filled in the order applications are received. Applications are being accepted from WWII and Korean War veterans who have not yet visited their Memorials in Washington, D.C.
Veterans make their Honor Flight FREE. Donations are needed to raise the necessary money to make each Honor Flight a reality. Please be generous with your support of our Honor Flight program. See the Donations Link.