Never Forgotten Honor Flight is a Wausau - based organization formed in November of 2009. Our goal is simple: to fly veterans (in our region) who served during World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam ERA to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials erected in their honor. We are an affiliate of the national group Honor Flight Network, which began this activity in 2005, and began flying with commercial charter aircraft in 2006 from Dayton, Ohio.
THE ONLY QUALIFICATION FOR A VETERAN TO TAKE AN HONOR FLIGHT TRIP IS TO HAVE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, IN ANY CAPACITY , DURING THE FOLLOWING TIME PERIODS:
Merchant Marines - 12/7/1941 to 8/15/1945
WWII – 12/7/1941 to 12/31/1946
Korea – 6/25/1950 to 1/31/1955
Vietnam Era – 2/28/1961 to 5/7/1975
There are now 130 "hubs", or cities from which flights originate, in 42 States. These Hubs have collectively flown:
Veterans Flown from inception to 12/31/2015: 159,703
Guardians Flown since inception: 107,527
Total number of veterans on waiting lists in USA – 21,032 (20% WWII; 43.5% Korea; 36% Vietnam Era and .5% Other)
The Never Forgotten Honor Flight Hub has flown 2,388 ( including 50 sets of brothers and 6 husband/wife) Veterans (1003 WWII, 1029 KOREA, 356 VIETNAM ERA) and 1,436 Guardians.
(as of 10/10/2016)
We are supported by private and commercial donors (NO Government funding!). We are also supported by many veterans & Civic organizations, schools, churches, emloyees of corporations, Foundations & individuals. We have no paid staff. Our volunteers organize the veterans for travel, arrange the travel both to and from Washington, and arrange all transportation, activities and meals in Washington.
This is a one day trip; spending most of the time at the World War II, Korean & Vietnam Memorials. We also visit the Lincoln Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial (Marine Corps War Memorial), Arlington National Cemetary & the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. An hour city tour is also part of the day viewing Washington D.C.'s prominant buildings & other Memorials & memorials.
Priority is given to those veterans who served in World War II, then Korea and then the Vietnam Era. If a veteran is certified terminally ill by a doctor but able to travel, he or she moves up the priority list no matter what their era of service. Anyone interested in donating can do so here.
WWII Vets Felix Bonvouloir (3/17/1919-5/5/2012) & Harvey Bricko with guardian Jeff Zriny on Mission #1, April, 27, 2010
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Honor Flight Pulbic Service Announcement
WWII Veteran, Brad Hoffman (6/24/1926-7/22/2012) in front of the Freedom Wall at the WWII Memorial, Mission #8, May 7, 2012 (The Freedom Wall is on the west side of the WWII Memorial, with a view of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial behind it. The wall has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war. In front of the wall lies the message "Here we mark the price of freedom".