Lack of WWII vets grounds Honor Flight Buffalo

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jan 22, 2016

After 18 flights taking more than 500 World War II veterans to Washington, Honor Flight Buffalo is dissolving.

7 Eyewitness News accompanied an Honor Flight last May that took 52 World War II veterans to the nation's Capitol

The board of directors voted to dissolve the organization, which flew veterans to D.C. to see their memorial for free. In a post on their website, the director did not name a reason why, but in April last year, we reported Honor Flight Buffalo was having trouble filling up seats and finding World War II veterans.

In that flight, the youngest on board the plane was 87-years-old.

Co-founders Jo-Anne Wylie and Lisa Wylie say their mission is complete.

The sisters started the chapter in Buffalo in memory of their dad who was also a WWII Veteran. He died before he could get a chance to visit the memorial.

Jo-Anne Wylie said. "Had there been an Honor Flight in Buffalo we would have been able to take him. This one will be dissolved, but certainly someone maybe in the community who would like to step up and start another Honor Flight."

The director said the Honor Flight Buffalo board is very proud of their accomplishments. In addition to a lack of veterans, the board members have worked tirelessly for the last six years to make these flights a reality, fundraising, finding volunteers and guardians to accompany each veteran, as well as organizing the flight and trip, and the members need a well-deserved break.




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