When the National World War II Memorial opened to the public in 2004, Earl Morse, a VA employee and Air Force Veteran working in a clinic in Ohio, asked his World War II patients if they would make the trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial in person.
Many said they would like to see it, but financial and health constraints kept many of them from making the long journey to Washington. Earl offered to fly a WWII Veteran out himself, and after a few successful trips, he created a network of private pilots that would do the same. The Honor Flight Network was born, and since then, 81,000 Veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam have flown to Washington free of charge to visit the memorials built in their honor and memory.
It’s a race against time. Over 600 WWII Veterans pass away each day.
This year, these Veterans will be recognized in a special event on December 7—the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. World War II Veterans will visit their memorial and place a wreath there at 1:53 PM, the time the attack took place on December 7, 1941. At 4 PM, the Veterans will gather at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall for a reception and dinner, followed by the screening of the documentary Honor Flight. Check out the trailer here.
Tickets to the film screening are free, so sign up now if you want to make it. The film begins at 6 PM at the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St, NW, Washington, DC, 20006.
If you can’t make it, we’ll be on the ground to document the unforgettable experience.