Flight Report #9

May 7 - 9, 2013

DSC00479Honor Flight Southern Arizona sent off its second flight of 2013 – leaving on Tuesday May 7th, and retuning on Thursday the 9th. On board: 27 Veterans, 20 Guardians, and 2 Team Leaders.

We would like to thank everyone involved, but that is nearly impossible with the fantastic patronage we receive from this community. In addition to everyone who comes out to help us, the funding for these flights is made possible entirely through private donations.

Honor Flight #9 included 3 sponsored Veterans:
Sierra Vista Lodge # 2065 BPOE sponsored P. Kuras, F. Estelle, and J. Kidd.
Thanks Larry.

Also making donations to the general fund for this flight:

Downtown Tucson Lions Club
NSDAR - Tucson Chapter
Saddlebrooke Links Fellowship
Msgr. Don Hughes 4th Degree Assembly

Catalina [Tucson] Rotary Club
Grand Lodge of Arizona – Knights of Pythias
Tucson Airport Authority
La Posada at Park Centre (Green Valley)
Richard and Judy Block
Sonoran Science Academy

Gold Canyon Candles
USAWOA Ft. Lowell - Apache Chapter
Casabona Chiropractic, PC
Tucson Sunrise Rotary Foundation, Inc.
Hogan School of Real Estate, Inc.

Send Off – May 7: Check-in was 4:00 AM, and after announcements, some mediocre coffee, and another great performance of the National Anthem by TSgt Edwards, (DMAFB), the vets and their guardians headed to the security gate lead by the DM Base Color Guard. The DM Desert Lighting Team (at arms), the Arizona Patriot Guard Riders (and flags) plus all of the wonderful community supporters and volunteers formed a “parade route” for our WWII vets and guardians to walk in. That is our traditional start to an Honor Flight – and something you will never forget as you watch these veterans begin to understand what this trip is all about.

 Homecoming – May 9: The return flight was delayed, but many chose to stay and witness the return of our veterans.  There to greet them were our local Law enforcement and local Fire Departments, the D-M Desert Lightning team, Vail School District NJROTC, Arizona Patriot Guard Riders, Arizona Rangers and close to 200 folks from Keller Williams realty who were participating in a day of community service.

I would like to give a special thanks to Dee Brunner and the TAA for setting up alternate parking arrangements and shuttle transportation to handle the large crowds.  Please be advised that there is a new Solar Panel construction project in the short term parking lots that may affect short term parking availability.  The construction is scheduled for completion in September of this year.

Thanks again to the southern Arizona organizations and business for your help in getting our Veterans to Washington DC. We would also like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has made a donation to Honor Flight Southern Arizona this year. Your generosity has enabled us to send these vets on their well-deserved trip. And also, we cannot forget the amazing volunteers of Honor Flight Southern Arizona who make these events and fundraisers happen. What a special group of people - all working together for a common goal.


Thom Mansur
Honor Flight Volunteer