Blue Ridge Honor Flight

Korean veterans receive thanks and accolades at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the last flight in May.

The Blue Ridge Honor Flight transports veterans to from Asheville Regional Airport to Washington, D.C., on a one-day to visit the memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.

Established in 2005, HonorAir — which became Blue Ridge Honor Flight on Sept. 24, 2015 — and the National Honor Flight programs have been responsible for flying over 150,000 WWII veterans to the nation’s capitol to experience their memorial.

Veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam are encouraged to apply.

The trip is completely free for veterans, who are accompanied by a guardian — a family member, friend or volunteer, who see to the veteran’s every need throughout the duration of the trip.

Everything is provided for, from transportation to meals and snacks, and medical personnel.

“The welcome home for these veterans is one of the most memorable and moving parts of this whole trip,” says Blue Ridge Honor Flight Founder, Jeff Miller. “It means so much to them to have the welcome home they never got when they returned from the war, and it’s an amazing thing for bystanders to witness.”

For more information about how to get involved in Blue Ridge Honor Flight, make a donation or to get a veteran signed up for a flight, visit the Blue Ridge Honor Flight website at blueridgehonorflight.com.

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