On May 29, 2004, President Bush dedicated the World War II Memorial to honor "The Greatest Generation," 59 years after the end of WWII. One year later, the Honor Flight Program was inaugurated.
Earl Morse and Jeff Miller, co-founders of Honor Flight, realized that many World War II veterans would never have the opportunity to visit the memorial that was erected in their honor. Many, due to age or financial resources or knowledge or strength, would not be able to complete a conventional trip to Washington D.C.
But, thanks to their foresight, Honor Flight has now flown over 180,000 veterans to see their memorials. While Honor Flight began as a program solely for World War II veterans, many "hubs" are now taking Korean War, Vietnam War and other conflict veterans to Washington D.C. This trip allows us to honor America's veterans for their service and sacrifice. It is the intention of Honor Flight Long Island to honor as many of our fellow Long Islanders, who helped to preserve our freedom, as we can by providing them a free trip to visit their memorial.
Honor Flight Long Island provides this one-day trip to all WWII AND Korean War veterans. Sometime in the future, HFLI will include other conflict veterans, but that time has not yet come. However, we do make an exception for any veteran terminally ill. This veteran, no matter when he/she served, is given our highest priority.
Veterans must complete and submit an application to participate. Applications can be downloaded from the Tab above, filled out, and mailed to address provided. Veterans are then called on a first-come-first-served basis so we encourage all to submit an application. Veterans not able to participate on one flight remain on the list and are called for the next scheduled trip.
Honor Flight Long Island operates on donations from local and regional organizations, businesses and individuals from across Long Island. The flights, deluxe tour bus service, lunch, dinner and tee shirts are FREE to our veterans.
Our volunteer "Guardians" must also complete an application, available above, and must pay their own way, an expense of $400. Guardians escort the veterans on the aircraft, accompany them throughout the day and make sure our veterans have everything they need for a memorable experience.
We schedule our flights in the Spring and the Fall. It's too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter! Click on the Flight Tab above or call (631)702-2423