Ford Motor Company Fund Does it Again!
Nearly 50 Cleveland-area World War II veterans were treated to a trip to
Washington D.C. on May 21 to see their memorials, thanks to the generosity of
Ford Motor Company Fund.
About Honor Flight Cleveland
Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II, President Bush dedicated the World War II Memorial to honor "The Greatest Generation." At the time, every veteran who fought in World War II was already a senior citizen. Regrettably, very few of these elderly veterans have the strength, funds, health or knowledge to complete a conventional trip to Washington, D.C. via commercial airline, car or bus. That's where Honor Flight Cleveland comes in.
In May 2007, the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Cleveland flew from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Twenty-five U.S. World War II veterans, at no cost to them, participated in that venture. The cost of that trip, and all subsequent trips, have been covered entirely by private donations.
Since then, every third Wednesday from May through October or November, veterans have boarded planes for their all-expense paid trip of a lifetime. While on these trips, stories have been shared, tears have been shed, new relationships have been forged, and lasting memories have been made. Veterans’ lives have been forever enriched by complete strangers who approach them throughout the excursion to express gratitude for the many freedoms we enjoy because of their sacrifices.
From 2007 to 2014, more than 2,900 U.S. veterans, the majority from World War II, have benefited from an Honor Flight Cleveland adventure. The extraordinary feat of providing this service has been accomplished solely by volunteers, donating more than 62,000 hours to this important cause.
Some of the highlights of the Honor Flight Cleveland experience include: the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Air Force Memorial, the Marine Memorial-Iwo Jima, and Arlington National Cemetery, including witnessing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb.
Nine to ten flights are scheduled annually. Priority is given to World War II veterans; however, terminally ill U.S. veterans who served at any time are also given preferential treatment and assigned to a flight as soon as a seat is available (click on Special Programs on this site for details of the TLC program). Korean War veterans fill any open seats.
The safety of our vets is our highest priority!
Ford Motor Company Fund Gives Cleveland-Area Vets a Free Ride
Special thanks to Ford Motor Company Fund, Honor Flight Cleveland's first corporate sponsor, for covering the cost to fly 25 Cleveland-area veterans to Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2013 to see the memorials honoring their service to our country.
Ford Motor Company's support for veterans dates back more than 90 years when Henry Ford led his first cross-country caravan of 50 Ford Model Ts to transport disabled veterans to their convention. Since 1974, Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund have provided more than $8 million to veterans organizations.
It is Honor Flight Cleveland's purpose to honor those who served our country
by providing them with a trip to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C.
with their fellow veterans
regardless of age, income, race, gender, culture, disability or any other attribute.
Honor Flight Cleveland is not affiliated with HonorFlights.com or HonorFlight.com,
which charge veterans a fee for to participate.
Honor Flight Cleveland never charges a vet!