Next ‘Honor Flight’ will be Sept. 19

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) will celebrate its 29th flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Janet Geib, a retired Ivy Tech professor, donated $80,000 to fund the entire flight. “I shudder to think what this country would be if it weren’t for those veterans who have gone before us, those present and future. Freedom means so much to me and more so after visiting many countries that are oppressed in some way,” she stated. “‘Learn, earn, and return’ is a motto which I saw years ago and I try to live by. God bless the USA!”

Participants on the flight will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Three veterans representing the eras of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam will participate in the ceremony along with Geib. Honor Flight #29 currently consists of a total of 84 veterans: 10 WWII veterans, 69 Korea veterans, five Cold War veteran and five Vietnam veterans. Not including this flight, Honor Flight Northeast Indiana has sent a total of 2047 veterans to Washington.

Veterans and volunteer guardians will gather at the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard at 5:30 a.m. with take-off projected to be at 7:30 a.m. Returning home, the community is encouraged to welcome the veterans in the main terminal of the Fort Wayne International Airport the evening of Sept. 19. Return time is tentative, but expected to be at approximately 9 p.m.