Central Missouri's 58th Honor Flight is a "Journey of Healing"

4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 5:55:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
By: Zola Crowder, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Central Missouri Honor Flight 58 left Tuesday morning. This Honor Flight features 110 veterans from the Korean and Vietnam War.

The flights are paid by donations to the all-volunteer organization. The veterans will take a one-day tour of the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Marine Corps Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Women in Military Service Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

The Community Relations Coordinator, Shelley Becker said an honor flight is a way to heal for these men and women. She said it's not about the flight; it’s about the journey.

“It really is a day to change lives, we call it a journey of healing,” Becker said. “It’s a time when the veterans can revisit their time of service with others who served along side them.”

Becker said CMHF allows the veterans with the opportunity to travel together, support one another and collectively remember and revisit their service to the nation.

“It brings closure to so many of them,” Becker said.

She said they operate as “bare bones” as possible. They have no headquarters or paid staff. She said the purpose is so all donations go to the veterans flights.

“The main purpose is to thank our veterans. It’s a time for them to hear, welcome home, it’s a time for them to hear, thank you for your service,” Becker said. “Many of them didn’t get to hear those words.”

More than 300 veterans are on the waiting list for upcoming honor flights. Since 2009 CMHF has flown more than 5,000 veterans to the nations capitol. The organization has raised $4 million in donations to make the flights happen.

“We get our donations from people who believe strongly in our veterans, every donation goes to flying a veteran to Washington D.C.” she said.

Becker said, this is the 58th mission but it never gets old to them. She said the organization treats each flight as if it is the first group.

“We are seeing the honor flight through their eyes,” Becker said.

It costs $300 in donations to sponsor an Honor Flight veteran.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency requested Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency expand the federal disaster... More >>
26 minutes ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:18:00 PM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The summer months are a busy time for air conditioning companies, but especially this week with excessive heat... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 5:27:00 PM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State volleyball coach Melissa Stokes has been placed on paid administrative leave while the university... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 2:31:00 PM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a semitrailer's computer data says it was going above the speed limit when it slammed... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:48:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police officers are working with the city’s park rangers to increase patrols in city parks after several... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:08:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in Top Stories
STURGEON- The annual Boone County Fair kicks off Tuesday, and will host a variety of events from Tuesday to Saturday,... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:56:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The National Weather Service is predicting the heat index to get up to 109 degrees Wednesday. Columbia... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:46:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri swimming coach Greg Rhodenbaugh is no longer working for the university and a Title... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, July 16 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:13:00 AM CDT July 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A drug bust by Moniteau County deputies ended with one suspect in the hospital on suspicion of a... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 9:32:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Maries County deputies arrested Cheryl “Lynn” Fales and Charles R. Fales, of St James for two counts of... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 8:07:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia Water & Light will be holding a public meeting Wednesday from 6 to 7:30... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 6:32:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) is suing the University of Missouri, claiming the school overcharged the group when... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 6:19:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The first major heat wave of the summer is approaching Missouri and the Midwest. Starting Wednesday and continuing... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 4:56:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in Weather
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander is starting a job at a nonprofit for veterans.... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 4:04:00 PM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMIBA - Gas prices jumped up thirty cents overnight on Thursday. Director of Marketing and Communications of GasBuddy Allison... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 10:26:00 AM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Mayor Brian Treece officially announced John Glascock as Columbia's official City Manager. The announcement happened at 11... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 6:47:00 AM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Camden County Sheriff's department has confirmed federal aviation officials will investigate a skydiving accident that injured one... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:01:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Five were injured after a boat explosion Saturday afternoon at the fueling dock of Kings River Marina. ... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 7:23:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 86°
8pm 83°
9pm 80°
10pm 79°
11pm 77°