Next ‘Honor Flight’ will be April 24; applications now accepted on line

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) will celebrate its 31st flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, April 24 — the first of four flights planned for 2019.

HFNEI Flight #31 is being sponsored through donations from Roanoke American Legion Post 160. A major supporter of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana since 2009, members and volunteers from the Post have contributed hundreds of volunteer hours, conducted fund-raising events and proudly served area veterans. Their efforts throughout the past 10 years raised over $100,000 for HFNEI.

Post Auxiliary and Honor Flight Benefit Board Member Julie Isch said in a statement the group “has had the privilege and honor to support veterans through HFNEI. With the enormous support from our small town and surrounding communities, our benefit concerts and auctions have been a huge success toward Honor Flight Northeast Indiana dedicating this flight to our Post. We continue to proudly stand beside and behind our veterans.”

Honor Flight 31 currently consists of a total of 84 veterans: four from World War II, 63 Korea veterans, seven Cold War veterans and 10 Vietnam veterans. To date 2,210 veterans have been transported to Washington by Honor Flight Northeast Indiana to reflect upon the memorials built in their honor.

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 7:40 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 April 24th. Return time is tentative, but expected to be at approximately 9:00 p.m. More information regarding the public’s participation and return timing will be shared on the group’s Facebook page at HFNEI.

Ninety-five percent of all donations go directly towards the veterans’ trips. Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax deductible.

HFNEI has also launched a way for veterans of the area to sign up for their free honor flight. Now veterans and guardians can visit the website to fill out online applications for upcoming flights, although paper applications will also be accepted. The new online digital application process created with support from Symplexity, a local cybersecurity and IT solution company. Veterans may visit and follow the Apply Now link to get signed up.

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Inc. is not endorsed or funded by the Indiana Air National Guard.