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 Mission

                      It is the mission of Honor Flight Cleveland  to pay tribute to U.S. veterans
                                                            who served our country
              by providing them a safe and memorable all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
                                            to visit the memorials honoring their service.
  


                                                   2014 Flight Schedule

                                                  Wednesday:    August 20
                                                                          September 17
                                                                          October 15
                                                                          October 29
                                                                          November 12          

                                       
Click here for a veteran application.

          Guardians interested in participating in these flights must attend training. 
                Check out the calendar on this site for dates, times and locations.
                                      Click here for a guardian application.

      
          Honor Flight Cleveland has no plans to discontinue flying veterans      
                                  to Washington D.C. to see their memorials.
                   The flight schedule for 2015 has already been established. 
                   Flight dates can be viewed by clicking on the calendar tab.

                                   Ford Motor Company Fund Does it Again!

  Nearly 50 Cleveland-area World War II veterans were treated to a trip to   
  Washington D.C. on May 21 to see their memorials, thanks to the generosity of 
  Ford Motor Company Fund.   

                                     Watch coverage of the May 2014 trip on
                                         NewsChannel 5 and
Fox 8 Cleveland


                                              About Honor Flight Cleveland

Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II, President Bush dedicated the World War II Memorial to honor "The Greatest Generation."  At the time, every veteran who fought in World War II was already a senior citizen.  Regrettably, very few of these elderly veterans have the strength, funds, health or knowledge to complete a conventional trip to Washington, D.C. via commercial airline, car or bus.  That's where Honor Flight Cleveland comes in.

In May 2007, the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Cleveland flew from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Twenty-five U.S. World War II veterans, at no cost to them, participated in that venture.  The cost of that trip, and all subsequent trips, have been covered entirely by private donations.  

Since then, every third Wednesday from May through October or November, veterans have boarded planes for their all-expense paid trip of a lifetime. While on these trips, stories have been shared, tears have been shed, new relationships have been forged, and lasting memories have been made.  Veterans’ lives have been forever enriched by complete strangers who approach them throughout the excursion to express gratitude for the many freedoms we enjoy because of their sacrifices. 

From 2007 to 2014, more than 2,900 U.S. veterans, the majority from World War II, have benefited from an Honor Flight Cleveland adventure.  The extraordinary feat of providing this service has been accomplished solely by volunteers, donating more than 62,000 hours to this important cause.

Some of the highlights of the Honor Flight Cleveland experience include:  the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Air Force Memorial, the Marine Memorial-Iwo Jima, and Arlington National Cemetery, including witnessing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb.

Nine to ten flights are scheduled annually. Priority is given to World War II veterans; however, terminally ill U.S. veterans who served at any time are also given preferential treatment and assigned to a flight as soon as a seat is available (click on Special Programs on this site for details of the TLC program). Korean War veterans fill any open seats.

The safety of our vets is our highest priority!


Watch coverage of Honor Flight Cleveland's June 2013 trip 
sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund

WKYC TV3 and WEWS Channel 5

 
        Ford Motor Company Fund Gives Cleveland-Area Vets a Free Ride

Special thanks to Ford Motor Company Fund, Honor Flight Cleveland's first corporate sponsor, for covering the cost to fly 25 Cleveland-area veterans to Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2013 to see the memorials honoring their service to our country.

Ford Motor Company's support for veterans dates back more than 90 years when Henry Ford led his first cross-country caravan of 50 Ford Model Ts to transport disabled veterans to their convention.  Since 1974, Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund have provided more than $8 million to veterans organizations.

Diversity Statement

It is Honor Flight Cleveland's purpose to honor those who served our country
by providing them with a trip to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C.
with their fellow veterans
regardless of age, income, race, gender,culture, disability or any other attribute.

 

Honor Flight Cleveland is not affiliated with HonorFlights.com or HonorFlight.com,
which charge veterans a fee for to participate.
Honor Flight Cleveland never charges a vet!

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