Buddy Galvin - Veterans History Project.
At this Luncheon we also had a guest Speaker, Mr. Paul Summer, representing the non-profit organization Honor Flight South Florida. His presentation was very interesting as we learned about their mission and its core group of volunteers dedicated to honor American Veterans. This organization was conceived by physician assistant and retired Air Force Captain Earl Morse. The inaugural Honor flight took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking 12 WWII Veterans paired with a volunteer Guardian for the day, on a visit to Washington, D.C to see their memorial. Later that year after word got out, the list of Veterans grew and Honor Flight transitioned from a few small planes to commercial airlines. Since then, Honor Flight has flown more than 100,000 Veterans —free of charge— from cities all over the country.