Honor Flight Buffalo and Eyewitness News In D.C.

May 26, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM EDT

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Honor Flight Buffalo and Eyewitness News In D.C.

May 26, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY –(WKBW) Honor Flight Buffalo took off Saturday for a second year of flying World War II Veterans to Washington. Honor Flight Buffalo is a not-for-profit all volunteer charity organization that flies World War II veterans to see the memorial in Washington, DC. This one day trip is a way of saying thank you to all those who served.

The World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2004 – 59 years after the war ended. Our mission is to fly America’s Veteran’s Free of Charge to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Statistics indicate we are losing these heroes at a rate of approximately 850 per day. The cost to send one veteran is currently $375.00. Through the generosity and support of the Buffalo Community, Honor Flight Buffalo successfully escorted 52 World War II Veterans in 2010 free of charge. Continued support from the Community will allow us to escort many more of these Veterans to see their memorial.

The History of Honor Flight Buffalo

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

Watch for stories from Jaclyn Asztalos about the WWII vets, and the special moments they had along their journey to Washington...Only on Channel 7's "Eyewitness News" --Memorial Day weekend.