Central Missouri Honor Flight #36 departs Columbia Tuesday, November 3 bound for Washington, D.C. to escort mid-Missouri veterans to the memorials built to their service and sacrifice. It will mark the end of another successful flight season for Central Missouri Honor Flight. This flight, the fifth of 2015, includes 72 veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Central Missouri Honor Flight #36 departs Columbia Tuesday, November 3 bound for Washington, D.C. to escort mid-Missouri veterans to the memorials built to their service and sacrifice.  It will mark the end of another successful flight season for Central Missouri Honor Flight.  This flight, the fifth of 2015, includes 72 veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  

Flight #36 veterans will enjoy a one-day tour of the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Women in Military Service Memorial, the Battle of Iwo Jima Memorial and the Air Force Memorial and Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns.  At the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, our Central Missouri Honor Flight veterans are quietly and respectfully acknowledged during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

CMHF’s 36th mission departs Columbia at 2 A.M. Tuesday, November 3 and returns to a rousing homecoming at 10:30 P.M. at the Courtyard Marriott.  Traveling with the veterans will be a medical team as well as guardians who assist veterans with wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen and companionship on the flight.  

“The 2015 flight season brought closure to so many veterans’ wishes to see their memorials,” says Mary Paulsell, president of Central Missouri Honor Flight. “And while the veterans are in Washington, D.C., the Welcome Home events back home are building in intensity for family and friends who gather at the hotel until the heroes return. It has been rewarding to see the volumes of people surround our veterans with encouragement, respect and dignity.”

CMHF organizers are busy planning flights for 2016.  More than 450 veterans are on the waiting list for a trip of a lifetime to Washington. Veteran applications can be printed from the CMHF website at www.centralmissourihonorflight.com and returned via mail.

With a week before Veterans Day, what better way to support our heroes than to give these Honor Flight veterans the welcome home they deserve on Tuesday, November 3? Join us no later than 10pm as they come off the buses at the Courtyard Marriott, 3301 Lemone Industrial Drive, Columbia for their homecoming with the Stars and Stripes flying overhead! Bring banners, wave flags and cheer loudly on Tuesday, November 3 for the final flight of the 2015 flight season!

Central Missouri Honor Flights resume in spring 2016.