Honor Flight Pins - Veterans Take Flight

Have you ever seen honor flight pins.  With bagpipes playing and drums beating, a line of veterans prepare to board a plane for Washington, DC. They’re on their way to view the erected war memorials in our nation’s capital, and due to the Honor Flight Network, these heroes have the opportunity to fly there free of charge.  The tour is the Honor Flight’s way of saying ‘thanks’ to those men and women who have served our country.

The Honor Flight first began in 2005 when Earl Morse, a physician’s assistant who worked at a clinic for the Department of Veteran Affairs, decided to honor the veterans that he was caring for. After asking several of the veterans if they would be traveling to the recently finished World War II memorial, he found that most of them did not have the resources to complete a trip.  Since Earl was a private pilot as well as a PA, he came up with the idea of flying several of the veterans to the memorial himself, at no cost to them.  After extending the invitation to some of the men he realized that there were probably many others who would appreciate the trip as well.  Earl worked to gather other volunteer pilots from the aero club he was a member of, and with that Honor Flight began.

Since that first flight the network has grown immensely, including switching to commercial aircrafts as the waiting list of veterans increases. As of 2012 the Honor Flight has flown over 98,000 veterans to view their memorials in Washington, DC from hubs in 41 states.  They are currently focusing on World War II veterans, or those who are terminally ill, but in the future they hope to pay tribute to all American heroes.

Though you may not be able to pilot a plane, there are other ways to honor and pay tribute to those who have served our country. PinProsPlus creates honor flight pins, veterans lapel pins and other pins that can help you show your appreciation for our Armed Forces, and since May is Military Appreciation Month, it’s the perfect time to show your support with honor flight pins.

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