About Greater St. Louis Honor Flight
Our mission is simple. Safely transport World War II veterans to see their National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. As quickly as possible. Because we are losing our veterans at a frightening pace – more than 900 a day nationally.
Greater St. Louis Honor Flight was created by two St. Louis women who were passionate about ensuring our local veterans had a chance to see their memorial. Since our inception in 2009, the GSLHF has flown twenty-two Honor Flights with more than 550 veterans.
We leave Lambert Field early in the morning, flying to the D.C. area and heading straight to the World War II Memorial. Once there, our veterans and their chaperone have time to visit the amazing memorial, surrounded by the majestic Capitol Mall.
We also visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorials. Our day concludes with a viewing of “The Changing of the Guard” at Arlington National Cemetery.
For veterans and chaperones alike, an opportunity to participate in an Honor Flight Network trip is truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“My heartfelt thanks to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight crew for the opportunity you gave me to visit our nations Capital and most importantly our own World War II Memorial. I certainly enjoyed the entire day which was full of pleasant surprises. It is nice to know that many people in the USA appreciate what we did 66 years ago and take the time to say ‘Thanks’.” — John E. Critzas, Gunner, A Co. 714th Tank Battalion, 12th Armored Division
“I want to offer my most sincere thanks to all the volunteers who so freely gave their time. You provided the lucky Veterans who flew that day the most pleasurable, perfect, and memorable day we will ever experience.” — Robert Lumley Sr.
“Last year my father had the thrill of a lifetime when Veterans from his assisted living facility went on the Honor Flight. It was one of the best days of his life and he felt truly honored.” — Laine Boyd, Power of Attorney for Victor Norber
“This was a real experience for all of us to see after all the years. Again a big THANKS for making our day and all you did to brighten up a bunch of old men.” — T/5 Harlie Wilson U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division (Now a everyday civilian)
“My Dad has wanted to take this trip for quite some time and as a 90-year-old Veteran of WWII, he wasn’t sure his dream would come true. Not only did his dream come true, but also it far exceeded any expectations he ever had. Again, thanks to your organization for their hard work and dedication to honoring all the wonderful men and women who served our country so selflessly.” — Donna, Kim, and Ashley Gaghagen
“This trip to Washington, D.C. with 24 other Veterans was one of my life highlights and a wonderful experience. Thank you for making this a memorable day.” — Philip A. Isserman
About the National Honor Flight Network
The Honor Flight program was conceived by Earl Morse, a Physician Assistant and Retired Air Force Captain, to honor veterans he has taken care of for the past 27 years.
Honor Flight originated in Ohio in May 2005 with six small planes flying 12 WW II veterans from Springfield to Washington, D.C. In 2006, with a waiting list of veterans expanding rapidly, commercial airline carriers were used to accommodate as many veterans as possible, as quickly as possible.
Partnering with HonorAir in Hendersonville, North Carolina, the “Honor Flight Network” was formed and began aggressively expanding programs to other cities across the nation. Since forming in 2005, the national organization and participating hubs like the GSLH have safely transported more than 81,000 veterans to see their memorial – at no cost to our veterans.
Learn more: www.honorflight.org