Honor Flight program seeks veterans for trip

Daily Journal staff reports

Indy Honor Flight is recruiting passengers for the group’s next trips to Washington, D.C., this fall.

Indy Honor Flight is a not-for-profit volunteer organization formed to take World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.

There are an estimated 15,000 veterans from the World War II generation in Indiana who have yet to visit the memorials. Many of them are hard to reach as they are not on Facebook nor belong to the local VFW.

Organizers are asking people to help track them down and sign them up for a flight. The next flight is scheduled for Sept. 5. There will be an additional flight in September and two in October.

In addition to reaching out to friends and family, Hoosiers can help get the word out by posting flyers at local churches, senior centers, retirement communities and anywhere people frequent. Visit indyhonorflight.org/wanted to download the “wanted” posters, flyers and applications.

Indy Honor Flight took the first group of veterans in September 2012.

There were two trips in 2013, and in 2014 there were five flights, each averaging 70 veterans, plus a charter from Evansville.

This year, in an attempt to take as many veterans as possible, Indy Honor Flight has begun chartering larger planes, with two planes on each trip. On April 4, 200 veterans from Indiana flew to the nation’s capital.

For more information call 559-1600 or visit indyhonorflight.org/wanted.