Press Release

Great River Honor Flight Announces 18th Mission to Washington DC

Thursday, May 9, 2013
by Rebecca Sneed

Great River Honor Flight, the Tri-States' hub of the Honor Flight program, has flown over 500 Veterans to Washington D.C. since it was established in October of 2009, and will begin its 18th Mission on May 9.

The mission will depart from Hannibal-LaGrange University early the morning of May 9th. Veterans and guardians will travel by charter bus to St. Louis Lambert International Airport where they will board a flight to Washington's Reagan National Airport.

This year, the group consists entirely of Korean War Veterans and as such, the first stop will be the Korean War Memorial, located near the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials, which the veterans and guardians will also have an opportunity to visit.

Additional stops include the World War II Memorial, followed by visits to the Air Force Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial among others.

The veterans will then finish their day with an emotional trip to Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown where they will witness the ceremonial Changing of the Guard. They will then continue their journey home. The expected arrival time will be approximately 10 pm at the Roland Fine Arts Center on the Hannibal-LaGrange University campus.

Twenty-three guardians will be accompanying the veterans on the Honor Flight. Their focus is to see to every need of the veterans in order to make the trip as enjoyable as possible for each person. The guardians not only volunteer their time, but also pay for their own travel expenses.

The Great River Honor Flight offers one-day trips to Washington, D.C. for these local heroes at no cost to them. Great River Honor Flight, a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation established in October of 2009, was created solely to honor America's veterans that live in our area for all they have sacrificed by providing free transportation to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

For more information on how to help honor these men and women and for updates from their trip, go to www.wgem.com/honorflight where pictures and comments will be posted throughout the day.

For additional information, contact David Mobley at 573-985-5641 or 573-248-2136, or Susan Till at 217-242-8777.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations