Honor Flight Columbus
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2016               Flight

** Future Flights **

May 14 -- Sponsored by Chase Freedom Run and Dublin Grizzell Middle School

Flight 8248 Scheduled Arrival 9:20 PM
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June 4 -- 
 Sponsored by Vance Outdoors and donations from proud Americans.
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September 10
-- Sponsored by Westerville Honor Flight Committee
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October 1 -- Sponsored by donations from proud Americans.
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October 22 -- Sponsored by donations from proud Americans.
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** Flights Earlier This Year **

April 2 -- Sponsored by donations from proud Americans
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April 23 -- Sponsored by Gahanna Jefferson Schools
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All flights are on Southwest Charter 737 aircraft from Port Columbus.  Watch this space for times, flight numbers and sponsorships

Dennis DeFrank earns Southwest Airlines President Award

Employees earn the President’s Award by consistently going “above-and-beyond” in their role at Southwest Airlines.  Each individual is nominated by their peers, and filtered through multiple levels of Leadership for approval of a final list.  The President’s Award is one of the highest honors an employee can receive and has a rich history of outstanding employees.  

“My highlight would be working with Honor Flight Columbus. Being able to process these charters has opened up the opportunity for me to be a Guardian on three trips with the Veterans on their Day in Washington DC”, DeFrank said of his greatest career highlight when accepting the award.

 The photo was taken at the Frontiers of Flight Museum where he is standing by a display of the Pacific Theater.  “Please notice, I proudly wore my Honor Flight Columbus pin,” he said when sending the picture to HFC.

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Flight Partners 

We thank the following businesses and organizations for partnering with us to make flights special for our veterans.

Southwest Airlines Columbus team
Provides coffee for our veterans on the mornings of our flights

Tim Picciano, 2014 Guardian and Owner of 3 Area Restaurants
Dublin Village Tavern, 27 S. High St., Dublin, OH 43017
Liberty Tavern, 50 S. Liberty St, Powell, OH 43065
Cranberry Resort Waterfront Bar & Grill, SR 368, Huntsville, OH 43324
Providing the morning breakfast meal for our veterans on the May 9 and May 30 flights.

McDonald's Restaurants, Owners Mike & Laura Telich, Owners, 133 Oakview Drive, Columbus, OH 43235
Providing apple slices for 2015 flights in May - October. The fruit will be available on the trips for our veterans and guardians to enjoy during the day.

WoodmenLife - Central Ohio Chapter 1
692 W. Church St. Suite 3,
Newark, OH 43055
Contact: Wade Wetzel
Presenting each veteran on the flight with a 3 x 5 American flag, the emblem of our Country's heritage of bravery, liberty and freedom throughout the world.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Airport, 4300 International Gateway
Providing overnight accommodations at a reduced rate for our veterans.

Honor Flight Ground Crew Volunteers ("Yellow Shirts")
Work tirelessly at the airport to make sure our veterans are greeted in the morning and welcomed home in the evening.

Members of the Columbus Base, U.S. Submarine Veterans

Helping with the transportation and maintenance of wheelchairs.

Eagle Exhibits
Provides off-site storage and other assistance with our wheelchairs.

Got Chairs?  We need your help to keep our vets rolling.

Our wheelchairs, all donated, have taken a beating in the past few years.  even our crack wheelchair maintenance group can't keep up with the punishment that trips put on the fleet.  Replacement Parts are hard to come by and are expensive. 

If you have a manual chair that you aren't using, please consider donating it to Honor Flight Columbus. Even if it is broken, we can use parts from it.  call the office at 614-284-4987 to arrange a time you can drop your donated chair off at the office in Grandview.

We take 57 chairs on each flight so that our senior veterans can enjoy their trip.  your help will enable this to continue.  Thank you.

Hear the story of a real War Horse that was a hero to Marines in the Korean War.

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