Last October, Eyewitness News was there as more than 70 Tri-State World War II veteran took the flight of a lifetime, lifting off from Evansville Regional Airport and flying to Washington, D.C. It is called the Honor Flight.
On Wednesday, the group that got them there is getting national recognition. City leaders and supporters lined the terminal of Evansville Regional Wednesday afternoon.
Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is now a chartered hub for the Honor Flight Network, flying veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial.
Honor Flight Board Chair Jerry Clewlow says community support for the first flight was a big reason for Wednesday’s announcement.
“Last time we came home, we expected to come home to about 1,000 or 1,200,” said Clewlow. “It was over 3,000 people out there waiting for these guys to get off the plane and everyone one of them wanted to shake their hands. And it was a tremendous event.”
Also announced Wednesday, the next Honor Flight will take off from Evansville May 30. The new hub will serve veterans across 14 southern Indiana counties.
Last year, more than 21,000 veterans across the country took an Honor Flight.