The First Coast Honor Flight takes off on its inaugural flight on Saturday


JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The First Coast Honor Flight sent its first veteran plane to Washington, DC on Saturday morning.

The Honor Flight sends veterans on a unique trip to Washington for a free day trip. On the journey, veterans visit their own memorials, meet other veterans, and reflect on their service to the United States.

On Saturday, the 25 veterans, 25 guards and six members of the Honor Squadron had a busy schedule. The Jacksonville group will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.

Next, the group will spend time at the National Mall and tour Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After a busy day, the group will return to JAX.

Saturday’s flight is the first for the First Coast branch. The national Honor Flight Network organizes these trips to show its appreciation to the heroes of these wars.

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First Coast Honor Flight will provide more opportunities for these trips throughout the year.

The organization is looking for more tutors for future trips. Guardians assist veterans throughout the day trip. You can apply on the First Coast Honor Flight website.

If you know of a veteran who would be interested in this trip, the app is also available on the website. Top priority is given to terminally ill veterans of any war, WWII veterans, Korean War veterans, Vietnam veterans, and then those of subsequent conflicts.

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