This Year's Project: Midwest Honor Flight Missions
Midwest Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Veterans with honor and closure with an all expense paid trip to our Nation's Capital. Our Mission: To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and to fellow Veterans. Of all the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII Veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out. The American Veteran is one of our greatest treasures, those men and women who answered our nation’s call, especially in times of great need. Our mission is to honor and thank those veterans – especially our WWII veterans – by bringing them to Washington DC, for trip of honor – AT NO COST TO THEM. Please join us in sending them to experience their memorial built 60 years after they came home. Volunteer or send support, it all makes the difference for a group that gave so much and asked for so little. We are the Midwest hub of Honor Flight Network. We are part of a national network that is flying WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to their memorials in Washington, D.C. Our desire is to fly as many veterans from Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota, and Southwest Minnesota to Washington, D.C. as we can find – at no cost to the veteran. Top priority is given to WWII, Korean War Veterans, and terminally ill veterans from all wars.
Current Project: Midwest Honor Flight Missions
The trip begins with a celebratory send-off, including a presentation of the colors, and volunteers cheering and waving flags. The men and women who comprise the veteran group wear their Midwest Honor Flight shirts and hats, often with their war medals pinned to them. They board a commercial jet and head to D.C. for a one day trip they will talk about for the rest of their lives. All veterans will visit Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Some tours may be granted the honor of participating in the Wreath Laying Ceremony, four Midwest Honor Flight veterans lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Veterans will also see the Iwo Jima Memorial (Marine Corps War Memorial), the US Navy Memorial, as well as a DC Downtown Tour prior to our arrival on the National Mall. One of the stops will be the WWII Memorial, which opened in 2004 when the youngest of the WWII veterans were in their late seventies. The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. The tour will also include visits to the Korean, Vietnam, and Lincoln memorials. Then we return to the airport to depart back to Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Sioux Falls Regional Airport). Community members and family are invited to the welcome home celebration which takes place in the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Please arrive about 10 minutes prior to our arrival time. Text "@mwhfupdate" to 81010 for updates on flights and scheduling for future Missions and events. Trips are simply not possible without public support. Prior to Honor Flight Network, our veterans had given up all hope of ever seeing the World War II Memorial. Now they have hope… but time is not on our side. The time to act is NOW! This program operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Midwest Honor Flight is is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit. Please contribute to our mission, in support of our American Heroes! It costs about $600 to sponsor each veteran and they pay nothing out of pocket. This includes their flights, food, and transportation in DC as well as a banquet meal the night before. All donations are tax deductible.