March 20, 2016 - Many counties in Oregon have a sign on the highway that reads “We Honor our Veterans”. Honor Flight of Oregon has tried to do just that for the last seven years
As the number of WWII veterans is dwindling Honor Flight of Oregon is planning one last trip Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017.
It is simple. If a veteran served in any branch of the U.S. Military between the years Dec. 1941 and Dec 1946, they just need to send in an application. As the average age of WWII Veterans is around 93, Honor Flight of Oregon requests that a family member or friend, next generation down, travel with the veteran to share the experience and assist the veteran with whatever needs they may have. The trips are free to the veterans and the escorts, called “Guardians”, pay their own expenses.
The fall trip will include 25-30 veterans and enough Guardians to make sure every need of the veteran are met. Applications for both veterans and guardians must be received by June 15 to sign up for the September trip. Veterans will be notified immediately if their application for the fall trip is accepted.
As this will be the last group flight scheduled from southern Oregon, any applications received after June 15, or if there are more applications received than can be accommodated on the Sept flight, Honor Flight of Oregon will try to assist the veteran arrange a trip through another Honor Flight group.
Applications can be found on this site, or by calling the Honor Flight of Oregon office in Grants Pass at 541 955-4544. Donations to support this trip are still being accepted.