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2017-09-28

Apply Now for Next Honor Flight

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Retired Air Force Master Chief and former county commissioner Jim Mormando shakes hands with a World War II veteran during the Welcome Home ceremonies at San Antonio Airport earlier this month. sponsored by San Antonio Honor Flight. At far left, a young girl waits with outstretched arm in a ready position for her turn to express her appreciation.

More than 500 well-wishers of all ages attended the Welcome Home ceremony for the latest group of Honor Flight heroes held on Sept. 9. The audience — which included civilians, members of all branches of our military, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from several troops, and students of all ages — provided a rousing welcome home for the 40 veterans on this flight. An informal receiving line extended from security in Terminal A to Terminal B. Members of the Bandera American Legion Post 157 were also in the crowd.
The short ceremony included remarks by senior military personnel, presentation of a quilt for each veteran, and a book containing photos and description of all the military monuments in Washington, D.C. The tears of gratitude were not just in the eyes of the Honor Flight veterans.
Honor Flight San Antonio is signing up veterans for the next flight. They will set the date for the trip when they have filled the flight. If you or someone you know would like to participate, you can apply on line at www.honorflightsanantonio.org.

To apply by mail, contact the Bandera County Veterans Service Officer at 830-460-1643. Applications are also available at the Bandera American Legion Post 157 at 830-796-7528.
Not a veteran, but want to volunteer? You can also apply to volunteer with the San Antonio Honor Flight in many ways without leaving home, but if you are pretty fit, apply to be a guardian on a flight! Comments by three guardians during this most recent Welcome Home celebration tell the story: “An experience not to be missed,” “These veterans are amazing, awesome, wonderful,” and, “I’m a little tired, but so glad I took this opportunity.”