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Honor Flight headed for National WWII Memorial with 78 vets despite government shut down

A WWII Veteran readies for departure in this undated photo. Photo: Image by Honor Flight Southern Arizona website

Honor Flight headed for National WWII Memorial with 78 vets despite government shut down

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Oct 2, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 3, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Honor Flight Southern Arizona is asking for public support of our World War II veterans.

A fall HFSA Honor Flight to Washington D.C. is scheduled for departure this weekend and there are no plans to cancel this long awaited trip due to the government shut down.

HFSA is hoping that the public will come out to Tucson International Airport and give the 78 WWII veterans who have looking forward to this trip for so long, a send-off they won't forget when they depart for their three-day trip to Washington D.C. to visit the National WWII Memorial.

The National WWII Memorial was closed Tuesday due to the government shut down.

Richard Robbins, the Hub Coordinator for HFSA tells KGUN 9 that 78 of Southern Arizona's WWII heroes and 71 Guardians are going to the WWII Memorial on Monday October 7th.

Honor Flight Southern Arizona has combined all the fall flights into a single chartered flight that will be able to handle more vets than ever before and this long-planned venture falls during our government shut-down.

"We are not going to let this stop us. We are going as planned and will not let this "shutdown" rob these HEROES of this experience." said Robbins.

The public is encouraged to come and show their support for these heroes at Tucson International Airport at their departure and when they return.

Schedule:

  •     Departure: 10/6/13 USAirways – Flight 9131  TUS to BWI  9:00AM – 4:17PM
  •     9:00 AM Monday Oct. 7th - Visit to the WWII Memorial
  •     Return: 10/8/13 USAirways – Flight 9130  BWI to TUC  4:30PM – 6:26PM

You can find out more about Honor Flight Southern Arizona at honorflightsaz.org.