American Airpower Museum hosts Honor Flight reunion of WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans

American Airpower Museum hosts Honor Flight reunion of WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans
WWII, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans, with Honor Flight Guardians and Officials, at Washington, D.C. Lincoln Memorial, September 29, 2023. (Photo by Mark Chamberlain for Honor Flight.)

American Airpower Museum is hosting an Honor Flight Long Island Reunion on Dec. 2, reuniting 45 Veterans who took a free Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on Sep. 29, 2023.

These Long Island heroes visited their military memorials, commiserated with fellow Veterans and exchanged stories.  Honor Flight’s mission is to honor fellow Long Islanders who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, by providing all-expense paid one-day trips to D.C. for the Veterans.

Thanks to HFLI, these 45 Veterans took a free, early-morning Southwest flight from MacArthur Airport to Washington, D.C.  Veterans, their Guardians and Honor Flight officials visited World War II, Korean War and Vietnam Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery for a “Changing of the Guard,” the Air Force Memorial and Iwo Jima Memorial.

They returned to MacArthur later that evening for a rousing welcome home by the Saffron United Pipe Band, plus thunderous applause from hundreds of family, friends and supporters!

According to Bill Jones, HFLI President, West Point 1972 Graduate and U.S. Army Veteran, “This special flight included 42 Vietnam War Veterans who received long overdue recognition and thanks for their service,” Jones said.  “They were accompanied by 3 elder comrades, 1 World War II Veteran and 2 Korean War Veterans.  What this flight really represented was a ‘Big Hug’ to all our Veterans from Honor Flight, their families and supporters, who make such flights possible,” Jones added.

On Dec. 2 the Museum doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the reunion runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at AAM’s Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY.  Admission for the Veterans, their Guardians and families, is free.  The public is also invited to attend free of charge if they arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

After 11:00 a.m., regular Museum admission is $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors and Veterans, $10 for kids 5 to 12.

During our “Ceremony of Honors,” they will receive personalized Tribute Journals full of photos taken during their D.C. trip.  This great patriotic event includes speeches by HFLI President Bill Jones and AAM President and Founder Jeff Clyman.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Band will play a popular patriotic medley known as the “Armed Forces Salute,” featuring the five official musical themes of the U.S. Armed Forces:  Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.  Free refreshments for all provided by HFLI.

HFLI is accepting applications from Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  Long Island Veterans are encouraged to sign up by going to the HFLI website,

An application will guarantee placement on the list.  Veterans fly for free, thanks to donations from across Long Island.  They are accompanied by Guardians, able-bodied volunteers who donate $400 (tax deductible) to offset their travel costs.

If there is no family member to act as a Guardian, HFLI has volunteers ready to step up for the privilege of escorting our heroes to their memorials.  Questions?  Call Jamie Bowden at (631) 702-2423 or email [email protected].

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