This Year's Project: Mission 7: 30 MAY 2020
Midwest Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Veterans with honor and closure with an all expense paid trip to our Nation's Capital. Our Mission: To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and to fellow Veterans. Of all the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII Veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out. The American Veteran is one of our greatest treasures, those men and women who answered our nation’s call, especially in times of great need. Our mission is to honor and thank those veterans – especially our WWII veterans – by bringing them to Washington DC, for trip of honor – AT NO COST TO THEM. Please join us in sending them to experience their memorial built 60 years after they came home. Volunteer or send support, it all makes the difference for a group that gave so much and asked for so little. We are the Midwest hub of Honor Flight Network. We are part of a national network that is flying WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to their memorials in Washington, D.C. Our desire is to fly as many veterans from Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota, and Southwest Minnesota to Washington, D.C. as we can find – at no cost to the veteran. Top priority is given to WWII, Korean War Veterans, and terminally ill veterans from all wars.
Current Project: Mission 7: 30 MAY 2020
It's hard to believe that come May 30, 2020, more than 80 Veterans from Northwest Iowa, South Dakota, and Southwest Minnesota will be traveling through our nation's Capitol - Washington, D.C. Participating Midwest Honor Flight Veterans will leave Sioux Falls Regional Airport early in the morning and fly to Reagan National Airport (DCA) to visit Arlington and Washington D.C. Our Tour will consist of a visit to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to witness the Changing of the Guard located in Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima (Marine) and the Air Force Memorials. With a boxed lunch, we will see downtown DC and the Navy Memorial before we complete the trip with stops at the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War.
Tours are simply not possible without public support. Prior to Honor Flight Network, our veterans had given up all hope of ever seeing their Memorials. Now they have hope – but time is not on our side. Every $733 that we receive will send one (1) veteran out to DC to see THEIR memorials. Won't you consider a donation towards an American Hero's Final Tour with Honor?
Midwest Honor Flight Missions
The trip begins with a celebratory send-off, including a presentation of the colors, and volunteers cheering and waving flags. The men and women who comprise the veteran group wear their Midwest Honor Flight shirts and hats, often with their war medals pinned to them. They board a commercial jet and head to D.C. for a one day trip they will talk about for the rest of their lives. All veterans will visit Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Some tours may be granted the honor of participating in the Wreath Laying Ceremony, four Midwest Honor Flight veterans lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Veterans will also see the Iwo Jima Memorial (Marine Corps War Memorial), the US Navy Memorial, as well as a DC Downtown Tour prior to our arrival on the National Mall. One of the stops will be the WWII Memorial, which opened in 2004 when the youngest of the WWII veterans were in their late seventies. The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. The tour will also include visits to the Korean, Vietnam, and Lincoln memorials. Then we return to the airport to depart back to Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Sioux Falls Regional Airport). Community members and family are invited to the welcome home celebration which takes place in the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Please arrive about 10 minutes prior to our arrival time.
Financial Results: Raised $699.96 Toward Their Goal of $25,000.00
Through the 2018 Siouxland BigGive, we raised enough, with your support, to send one Veteran out to Washington, D.C. in 2019! Prices have gone up since 2018 unfortunately and now each Veteran's seat is $753 - they never pay for their trip however! That's while donations are vital to our organization. Thank you for your support and we look forward to your support in the future.