May Honor Flight Returns Back

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By: Megan Way | Photos by Lawrence Oravetz and Su Phelps
On May 5th, 2019, twenty-five veterans arrived back at Las Vegas at the McCarran Airport after a three-day trip to D.C.’s memorials. What awaited them at the baggage claim was a parade of more than hundred people waiting for their arrival. Including several local veterans’ and veteran-supporting organizations, Congressmen and Congresswomen representatives, and their own friends and family.
Some of the organizations that welcomed the veterans back were the Girl and Boy Scouts, Sea Cadets, USO Las Vegas, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Blue Star Mothers. Many local veterans’ organizations came to personally welcome back their own fellow members such as Marine Riders, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapters’, American Legions, Jewish War Veterans Chapters’, Auxiliaries, Elks Club 1468 (for their member Al Henry) and Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 329.
Director of Nevada Department of Veterans Services Kat Miller, Congresswoman Susie Lee, representatives from Jacky Rosen’s and Congressman Steve Horsford’s offices were in attendance to greet the veterans as well
The original group of veterans that was scheduled for the trip was comprised of two W.W.II veterans, two Vietnam veterans and twenty-one Korean veterans (for a total of twenty-nine) but, days before the flight three canceled due to health reasons and one passed away.
The whole trip, from the tickets to the wheelchairs was all from Southern Nevada Honor Flight, a non-profit organization with the mission of escorting WWII and Korean War Veterans to the memorials in Washington D.C..
If you’re interested in applying for the program for you or your loved one, please download an application from our website at honorflightsouthernnevada.org. Once we recieve an application, we will call you about 45 days before the next flight on November 1-2, 2019. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to call at 702-749-5912 or fax your application to 702-749-5933.
About the Honor Flight Southern Nevada program: Honor Flight Southern Nevada is a non-profit organization with the mission of escorting WWII and Korean War Veterans to the memorials in Washington D.C. which are dedicated to the sacrifices they made for our freedom. We have escorted 419 WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. since our first flight in October 2013. We work with veterans in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Tonopah, Ely, Mesquite, Laughlin, Pahrump and everywhere in between.  Priority is given to World War II veterans and veterans with a terminal illness.