Honor Flight Network
In June 2011, Aaron Shelsman, USS Gambier Bay survivor, had the privilege of participating in an Honor Flight out of Chicago. Below is a photo of Aaron at the World War II Memorial and next to his home state of Illinois. As you can see Aaron is proudly wearing his USS Gambier Bay/VC-10 cap.
The inaugural Honor Flight took place in May 2005 with six planes flying out of Springfield, Ohio and carrying twelve World War II veterans. In May 2008, Southwest Airlines was named the official commercial carrier of the Honor Flight Network. In 2010, Honor Flight has safely transported 22,149 veterans to see their memorial, AT NO COST TO THEM. With the continued support of our grateful Americans, Honor Flight will have transported more than 75,000 veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to see the memorials that were built to honor their sacrifice to keep this great nation free!
If you would like to find out more about submitting your application to be part of an upcoming Honor Flight in your area or you are interested in volunteering to be a guardian on a flight, please visit the Honor Flight website at www.honorflight.org.