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On April 18, 2012 Wake & District had the honor to be a part of the Heroes’ Welcome at RDU Airport as the last Triangle Flight of Honor came home after visiting the memorial in their honor.

On 29 May 2004, the World War II Memorial was dedicated to honor “The Greatest Generation.” Regrettably, today, very few of these elderly veterans have the funds, knowledge or strength to complete a trip to Washington D.C. via commercial airline, car or bus.

The veterans of this war represent a generation whose youngest member is now more than 80 years old. With a man’s average life expectancy at 74.4, it becomes increasingly difficult for World War II veterans to visit the memorial. And time is not on our side.

Honor Flight was initially conceived in 2004 by Earl Morse, a Physician’s Assistant and Retired Air Force Captain. Its sole purpose was to fly veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices.

The Triangle Flight of Honor Flight is a volunteer organization, operated out of the goodness of peoples’ hearts. The volunteers are ordinary citizens dedicated to honoring our nations’ veterans.

Mission accomplished!

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