Photo via Twitter, courtesy @cherylvari, Cincinnati Enquirer
Several times each week, Honor Flights bring Veterans from across the country to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials. Today, for the first time, an all women’s Honor Flight lands in the nation’s capital bringing 140 women Veterans from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to visit.
Honor Flight Tri-State organized today’s flight, which departed the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport at 8 a.m. ET. Cheryl Popp, Tri-State chapter director, said they wanted to put together a women’s flight, but had a hard time finding Veterans until Cincinnati’s VA Medical Center reached out to them last winter.
“The VA approached us,” Popp told WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. “We put a package together and the VA mailed the envelopes. We invited 600 women and we had 250 applications for 140 seats on the airplane. These women went through a lot, but they have wonderful stories.”
The trip to D.C. includes stops at a number of sites: the Iwo Jima Memorial, a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns, the U.S. Air Force Memorial and the memorials for the WWII, Korea and Vietnam Wars. In addition, the women Veterans will be hosted at the Women in Military Service to America memorial at Arlington, where VA Secretary McDonald and the director of the Joining Forces initiative will speak with them.
Meet some of the Veterans on today’s flight:
Vantage Point’s team will be providing coverage via our social media channels of today’s Honor Flight. Check this post throughout the day, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @DeptVetAffairs.