The public is invited - Operation Homecoming!
Come one, come all! Please help give our Virtual Honor Flight veterans the same red, white and blue “welcome home” provided at the Operation Homecomings at PBI after our regular Honor Flights. It’s one of the most emotional parts of the day for the veterans—being greeted by people in the community who just want to say thank you for laying their lives on the line for our Nation. We encourage everyone in the public to attend—bring your families, friends and especially children. Head over to Suncoast Community High School about 1:45-2:00PM, Saturday, January 20th to gather and await the arrival of all of the VHF veterans after they finish their “flight” in the auditorium about 2:30PM. We’ll be gathering in the main courtyard of the school, just inside the entrance gate. Bring your signs and flags, cheers, handshakes and thanks. Please help make this welcome a big exclamation point on a meaningful day for these local veterans. You will be glad you came. Please see map for general Operation Homecoming parking.
ABOUT VIRTUAL HONOR FLIGHT
For those veterans who are unable physically to make the journey to Washington, DC on their Honor Flight, Southeast Florida Honor Flight is bringing the memorials to them, in a day of honor here at home. The day will match as closely as possible to what an Honor Flight to Washington would entail without the travel. There will even be an Operation Homecoming which is open to the public!
The Virtual Honor Flight is the first such event for Southeast Florida Honor Flight. It will be held at Suncoast Community High School January 20, 2017 with support by Suncoast students and staff and Honor Flight volunteers and staff. Suncoast High School is located at 1717 Avenue S in Riviera Beach, FL.
Each Virtual Honor Flight veteran will be assigned a special Student Guardian to assist them through the day. Also, each veteran is allowed one aide/escort/family member to accompany them for the event.
We hope this day accomplishes exactly what an Honor Flight strives to do. For the veterans, it is a day to reflect on those heroes that never came home, on connecting with fellow military brothers and sisters and on the fact that America has not forgotten them. For everyone else, it is day focused on thanking these courageous men and women for serving our Nation, for stepping up when the world needed them most and for helping to preserve our freedom and way of life.
If you are a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam veteran (or know of one) who cannot physically make the trip to Washington, DC due to health reasons, but you can endure 5-6 hours for the local Virtual Honor Flight, please print and fill out the Virtual Honor Flight Veteran Application and submit as soon as possible to:
PO Box 1503
Stuart, FL 34995
For more Virtual Honor Flight information, please contact Sara Mendinhall at 772-220-1404 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org