(COLORADO SPRINGS) – Honor Flight of Southern Colorado, a local veterans organization, is set to fly 27 veterans from multiple wars to view memorials honoring their service in Washington DC beginning Oct. 13.
The trip will take one World War II veteran, four Korean War veterans and 22 Vietnam veterans on a three-day trip to view and interact with the memorials built to honor their service to the country. Honor Flight of Southern Colorado has brought over 300 heroes from Southern Colorado to Washington since its inception in 2011.
Due to COVID restrictions, it made its first flight in three years in April 2022.
“We at Colorado Springs Airport are honored to host this important event which honors veterans in our community and honors their selfless service to our country,” said Greg Phillips, Director of Aviation for the Colorado Springs airport.
Honor Flight Mission 15 will visit a plethora of memorials in the DC area including: WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials, as well as the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial , the FDR Memorial, Navy Memorial, United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Air Force Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, where attendees will witness the Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Honor Flight Mission 15 will depart Colorado Springs Airport on Thursday morning, October 13 and return to Colorado Springs late afternoon on Saturday, October 15.
The southern Colorado community is invited to come out and show their support during the send-off, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Colorado Springs airport on October 13, and the homecoming celebration, which begins at 6 p.m. October 15. at Sierra High School.