Honor Flight Takes Veterans To National Memorial

May 30, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 30, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW ) Channel 7's Jaclyn Asztalos recently flew with several Western New York veteran heroes who served in World War II. Their mission was to see the national memorial for the first time in Washington, D.C.

Family members of the vets made the trip, while others met them in the nation's capitol. Click the video to see this inspirational story.

The Honor Flight website describes the mission of the organization:

Co-founded by Charles D. Dunkle, Jo-Anne Wylie and Lisa A. Wylie after serving as volunteer "Guardians" on an Honor Flight in 2008 they soon realized the organization’s national office had greater than 200 World War II veterans in the Buffalo area waiting to make this journey to see their memorial. In 2009, Honor Flight Buffalo became an “official” Hub of the Honor Flight Network serving Erie, Niagara and surrounding counties area veterans.

Honor Flight Buffalo was formed in honor and in memory of the Wylie sister’s Dad ~ S/SGT Robert P. Wylie, U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II Veteran and Charter Member of the building of the World War Memorial who never had the privilege of seeing his Memorial.

The mission of Honor Flight Buffalo and the Honor Flight Network is to fly America's veterans at no charge to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Top priority is given to America's most senior Veterans - survivors of WWII and any veteran with a terminal illness who wish to visit their memorial.

Current statistics indicate we are losing these heroes at a rate of 850 each day. Next priority will be Korean War Veterans then Viet Nam Veterans and continue in chronological order of other conflicts.

The cost to send one Veteran for the 2011 Flying Season is $375.00 to see their memorial.

Any donation is welcome whether you wish to sponsor one veteran or a portion as every donation adds up!

Honor Flight Buffalo, Inc.
PO Box 338
Buffalo, NY 14223