Friends of Honor Flight Long Island
Thank you all for your continued support in 2018 - what a great year we had! We were able to fly another 100 Veterans to see their Washington DC memorials so now our total has topped 1550 veterans flown!! We couldn’t do it without all of your help and for that we are, and always will be, very grateful.
Photos from our Sept 22 flight are available on our website. Please view and copy any you’d like at no cost. Our reunion for the Sept flight was held on Saturday, Dec 8, at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, where we delivered their personalized, tribute photo journals and had one more excuse to mingle, visit and otherwise bask in the glow of these fine men and women. Newsday ran a nice article about our programs and Veterans that Sunday following the reunion.
Our next flight will be on May 11, 2019, and it will be filled with WWII and Korean War Veterans. Though we are accepting Vietnam era Veteran applications, we will always fly Veterans in order of their date of service. Please mark your calendars and let us know how you can help us before, during and after flight day!
So many of you ask what can we do to help. It just so happens our Mail Call program needs a new manager. Board member Jim Kenny instituted the program and managed it all along, but now wants to share the pleasure. Can you help us? If you think you can, or if you’d like more info, please send a separate email with the subject line: Mail Call - and your last name, e.g. Mail Call Bennett. I will send you the “job description.” If you’re still interested after reading that, tell me so in a follow up email and we’ll talk.
A good friend of Honor Flight Long Island, Kim Singer, has agreed to be our Volunteer Coordinator. I am going to share your names and email addresses with her so she can contact you when we need people for flight mornings, reunion set ups, speaking at library functions, handing out flyers at Memorial Day/Veterans Day parades, and generally supporting the effort.
We have a lot of people who want to be official Guardians, going on every flight but there is no such title! As you can imagine we want to include others in the experience so unless you’re an Honor Flight Board member with specific assigned tasks you won’t be able to repeat the experience too often.
Other opportunities to help include the afternoon/evening before a flight to help set up wheelchairs and signs; on flight day mornings for driving vets, curbside greeting, wheelchair distribution, check in guardians and veterans, direct Vets to the photo station, help with photos, sell shirts, serve coffee, hand out booklets, clean up. Generally, there are a lot of people around to jump in but our 2019 resolution is to be better organized. Let me know if you want to be on Kim’s Volunteer List and how you want to help.
Happy Holidays - We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season – whatever you choose to celebrate: Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas or Happy Kwanza – and a happy and healthy New Year too!
Also, please give the Veterans you met during an Honor Flight a call for the holidays. Remember: the Honor Flight Long Island experience with your Veterans shouldn’t end after the flight, this should be a beginning! Thanks again for all you do to honor those who wore the uniform and defended freedom for all of us – see you soon!!