WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today greeted a group of veterans, including nine LaPorte veterans, at the World War II Memorial during a distinct flight to our nation’s capital. Honor Flight Chicago, founded in 2008, provides the opportunity for veterans from Illinois and Indiana to fly to Washington, D.C. and visit the World War II Memorial.
“It is an honor to greet Hoosier veterans as they experience the World War II Memorial for the first time in the heart of Washington, D.C.,” said Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “As part of the Greatest Generation, these brave individuals answered our nation’s call to service, and I am deeply humbled to witness these powerful moments as they view the historic memorial built in tribute to their service and sacrifice.”
LaPorte veterans were sponsored by the Guardian Riders, an Indiana group dedicated to helping veterans, who raised enough money for Hoosier World War II veterans to participate in Honor Flight Chicago as one of their summer projects. The group also facilitated additional efforts to deliver personalized thank you letters from family and friends, including a letter from Congresswoman Walorski, to each veteran during their return flight.
Honor Flight Chicago is supported by over 700 guardians and volunteers who work year-round on fundraising and veteran outreach. The trip is organized at no cost to veterans, including transportation and meals for a one day visit with a caregiver or guardian. Honor Flight Chicago has flown over 35 flights to Washington D.C. for more than 3,000 veterans.