Honor Flight San Diego departs for its first trip in two years
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Honor Flight San Diego has officially returned its first plane full of veterans to the East Coast after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. ABC 10News travels exclusively with the group.
The flight carries 94 veterans of World War II and the Korean War.
The first day of the trip consisted of an early morning meeting at the airport, then the veterans boarded a decked out plane filled with red, white and blue decorations.
During the five-hour flight, the veterans were taken aback by Honor Flight’s version of “mail call”. For the military, the mail call was a time when everyone received mail from their homes. Honor Flight recreated it by handing out envelopes filled with letters to each veteran. The letters came from friends, family and strangers, all with one message: thank you.
“I want you to know how proud I am of your life,” said one veteran as he read one of his letters.
“This is something I will remember until I go to my grave,” said another as he dealt with the family’s emotional note.
It was just one of the surprises of the first day. There was also a burst of water from the local fire department, where a fire truck sprayed the plane as it drove to the door.
On Saturday, veterans will visit various war memorials in the DC area and then return on Sunday. The public is invited to help welcome the group by arriving at Terminal 1 at 2 p.m. Sunday wearing red, white and blue.
Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to send these veterans to DC