FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana has been around for more than a decade now, taking 4 flights every year.
Local Honor Flight President Dennis Covert says the flights to take the veterans and their guardians to see the memorials in Washington DC aren’t cheap.
"Our flight costs, we just did a flight 2 days ago and it was $98,000," Covert said.
All honor flights are funded by donations.
The flights are meant to honor the veterans of war. That’s why Antoinette "Toni" Murray wanted to help.
Murray said "I think we need to let everyone know we have veterans out there that some of them have been forgotten and I don’t want any veteran to be forgotten. They fought for our freedom."
Today she gave the first of an annual donation to Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana for nearly $26,000, something Murray is able to do thanks to those close to her.
"I’m doing it in memory of my uncles, and cousins, and friends who have fought in the wars," Murray said.
Covert explained why Murray's donation was so significant, saying "This is what it takes. Honor Flights are paid for entirely by donation and with the attention and publicity we get from the media...That goes a long way towards people wanting to step up to the plate and help pay for these flights as well."
Murray’s donation will continue until she passes, but you don’t have to give a large amount. Covert says they’ll take any monetary donations.
With so many veterans on the waiting list, you’ll have many chances to give
"With 1100 veterans on the waiting list, we’re going to have to do a lot of flights over the years," Covert said.
HFNEI is currently accepting applications and they're encouraging Korean War veterans to apply and you might get to go on a flight this fall. You can find more information in the link below.