Friends and family gathered to honor Vietnam war, Korean war and World War II veterans Oct. 21 at the Reed Convention Center in Midwest City.Honor Flight Network is a program established in May of 2005 to send the nation’s heroes to the capital to visit historical landmarks.
Oklahoma Honor Flights was organized in the fall of 2009 as an official affiliate of Honor Flight Network, Inc., in Springfield, Ohio. Oklahoma became the 31st state to start up an organization to support the national effort.
The ceremony began when the next generation of veterans escorted the honorees to their seats. 82 veterans are on the 22nd Honor Flight. Each veteran was introduced individually, identified with their branch, the war they served in, time of service and their job description. Heartfelt moments were not at a premium.
“These are our heroes and they will be treated as such. They don’t have posters to hang on your wall; you don’t see them wearing jerseys.” said Gary W. Banz, Oklahoma Honor Flights Board of Director.
The Veterans were greeted and continuously praised with endless applause. We can only hope this cause will carry on for years and years to come.