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May 30, 2017

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It’s 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. The doors slide open at Asheville Regional Airport to reveal two lines of military men and women dressed in formal uniforms who were busy greeting older men and women wearing navy and gold polo shirts.

Voices ring out in greeting; there are handshakes and hugs. The excitement is palpable as 90 veterans prepare to take a trip to Washington, D.C., on the Blue Ridge Honor Flight.
The Blue Ridge Honor Flight transports area veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

The trip is completely free for veterans, who are accompanied by a guardian — either a family member, friend or volunteer, who see to the veteran’s every need throughout the duration of the trip. The nonprofit provides everything – transportation, meals and snacks and medical personnel.

April 01, 2017

September 24, 2016 from 7AM to 8PM Blue Ridge Honor Flight hosted over 200 veterans, guardians and sponsors on a visit to the Korean War Memorial and other memorials in Washington, DC. This flight was to honor those who served in the Korean War 1950-1954. The flight was sponsored by local donors and American Airlines. American Airlines provided the plane and volunteer flight crews to see that the Veterans were well cared for, had a good visit and returned safely. September 24, 2016 from 7AM to 8PM Blue Ridge Honor Flight hosted over 200 veterans, guardians and sponsors on a visit to the Korean War Memorial and other memorials in Washington, DC. This flight was to honor those who served in the Korean War 1950-1954. The flight was sponsored by local donors and American Airlines. American Airlines provided the plane and volunteer flight crews to see that the Veterans were well cared for, had a good visit and returned safely. 

This event required much hard work and sacrifice by organizer, Councilman Jeff Miller of Hendersonville. Mr. Miller and many volunteers worked tirelessly to put this 500th Honor Flight together as well as many many earlier flights.