Honor Flights to honor female and Black veterans

Honor Flights will honor female and Black veterans this week in Washington, D.C. Photo credit Courtesy photo

Female and African American veterans will travel to Washington, D.C. with the Honor Flight Network this week, where they to visit their war memorials

One of the 11 Honor Flights set to arrive this week has been arranged exclusively for women veterans and a second will escort members of the all-African American South Carolina Combat Veterans Association.

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“Honor Flight recognizes that race and gender shaped the military experience for many of our veterans, particularly of previous generations, so we are proud to provide special opportunities for these veterans to experience their Honor Flight trips together,” said Meredith Rosenbeck, CEO of Honor Flight Network. “Historically, these groups have felt underrepresented in the veterans’ community, and it is our hope that these trips send the message that the Honor Flight Network is here to honor all who served.”

The women’s trip, organized by Honor Flight Chicago, will tour the national memorials on Wednesday. The South Carolina Combat Veterans Association will be touring the memorials on Oct. 9, with Honor Flight’s Lone Eagle program which serves veterans who do not live near a regional Honor Flight Hub.

The all-women’s group will make a special visit to the Military Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. The South Carolina Combat Veterans Association will perform a wreath-laying with a bugler at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Honor Flight trips will continue through Nov. 13. The Honor Flight Network expects to soon reach the historic milestone of having served 250,000 veterans.

To learn more about the Honor Flight Network, visit here.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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