FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) will celebrate its 34th flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Honor Flight #34 currently consists of a total of 84 veterans: 4 WWII veterans, 27 Korea veterans, 46 Cold War veterans and 7 Vietnam veterans. To date 2,458 veterans have been transported to Washington by Honor Flight Northeast Indiana to reflect upon the memorials built in their honor. 30 veterans served in two or more eras.
Flight 34 is sponsored and paid in full by Phil’s One Stop. Phil and Renee Carper own and operate 19 Marathon Service stations in the Fort Wayne area. Phil Carper will be serving as a guardian for his veteran uncle, Jerry Vinson. The Carpers share; “We are thankful for all those who have served our Country to protect our freedoms and are happy we are able to help honor our veterans.
Honor Flight Northeast Indiana President, Dennis Covert states; “Phil and Renee Carper are well-known in the Fort Wayne area for their annual and on-going fund-raising events to support local charities. We are proud to be a recipient of their dedicated commitment through their sponsorship of our October 16, 2019 Honor Flight. “
Veterans and volunteer guardians will gather at the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard at 5:00 a.m. with take-off projected to be at 6:40 a.m. Returning home, the community is encouraged to patriotically welcome the veterans in the Main Terminal of the Fort Wayne International Airport the evening of October 16. Return time is tentative, but expected to be at approximately 8:15 p.m. More information regarding the public’s participation and return timing will be shared on the group’s Facebook page at HFNEI.