Honoring The Legacy of WWII Family That Was Asked to Give All

image001Leslie Jones, daughter of two WWII Veterans, shared the Legacy of sacrifice and service her family was asked to give.

Lois Crook served as a nurse in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Lois is now 92 years old and resident of Waco, Texas. Mrs. Crook will fly Saturday Oct 11, 2014 with Honor Flight Austin to Washington D.C. to see the memorials dedicated to her service. Mrs. Crook will also pay her respects Sunday October 12th at Arlington National Cemetery, to her husband, WWII Veteran Mr. Clyde Ray Jones, Jr. Mr. Jones was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force at the time of his death. February 6, 1953, having crashed after colliding with another F84-E Thunderjet.

Leslie was four years old at the time her father passed away. She shared with Wreaths Across America;

“He was only 29 years old when he flew that day, February 6, 1953. We were living in England, and he was stationed at Manston AFB. He had orders for Korea in 3 days. I have a letter he mailed that day to his family in which he said, “I don’t mind going, it’s just that I hate to leave Lois and Leslie for so long.”

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On October 11, 2014 Leslie will bring her mother, Mrs. Crook to Austin Bergstrom International Airport for her Honor Flight. This flight will honor Mrs. Crook for her willingness to serve and sacrifice as a WWII Veteran. This Honor Flight will also carry the Legacy of a family that served and sacrificed, and was asked to give all.

Mrs. Crook will return home October 12, 2014, 8:30pm at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Mrs. Crook, will be greeted upon her return, by those in the Austin area who appreciate the service and sacrifice, of the men and woman, who were called to give all.

UPDATED 10/15/2014 : Mrs. Crook was able to visit her husband on October 12, 2014 at Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you to all those who gave this moment to WWII Veteran, Mrs. Lois Crook. We’re humbled by all that Mrs. Crook and her family were asked to give. Picture Below.

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Leslie Jones, daughter of WWII Veteran, Clyde Ray Jones,who was KIA, shared her love for her father and the loss that never leaves. We will honor Mr. Jones and his family for their service and for the sacrifice they were asked to make.

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Thank you to all those who gave this moment to WWII Veteran, Mrs. Lois Crook. We’re humbled by all that Mrs. Crook and her family were asked to give. 

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Honor Flight Austin Honors the Heroism of Our WWII Veterans at The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial


Honor Flight Austin will be the first Honor Flight in the Nation to honor our World War II Veterans at the newly unveiled, American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, in Washington D.C. October 12, 2014.

This will be Honor Flight Austin’s 20th Honor Flight, leaving from Austin Bergstrom International Airport October 11, 2014 to Washington D.C. and returning to Austin on October 12, 2014.

This Honor Flight will have twenty Central Texas Veterans on board who will visit their war memorials, in Washington D.C., built to honor their service and sacrifice.

Allen Bergeron, Chairman of Honor Flight Austin, shared the motivation to honor our Central Texas Veterans with an Honor Flight and urged the public to find every willing and able WWII Veteran in their community and offer them an opportunity to fly.

“We want to honor the Legacy of service and sacrifice, shown by our most senior Veterans, on and off the battlefield. These men and women fought a war, came home, rebuilt America, and asked for nothing in return. I urge the public to honor our WWII Veterans with the opportunity to see their Memorials in Washington D.C.”

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial was unveiled on October 5, 2014. President Barack Obama, and more than 3,000 disabled veterans, veterans, and guests were present.

President Obama shared at the unveiling of the new Memorial, “You walk these quiet grounds — pause by the pictures of these men and women, you look into their eyes, read their words — and we’re somehow able to join them on a journey that speaks to the endurance of the American spirit. And to you, our veterans and wounded warriors, we thank you for sharing your journey with us.”

Watch the construction of The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial. 

We continue to reach out to our most senior Veterans throughout Central Texas, offering them the opportunity to visit their War Memorials, in Washington D.C., dedicated to honor their Legacy of service and sacrifice. If you are or know a WWII Veteran that would like to go on his/her Honor Flight, fill out an application for our 2015 Honor Flights out of Austin.

Honor Flight and Alamo DraftHouse Honor The Greatest Generation

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The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced their partnership with the Honor Flight Network along with a special screening of FURY on October 18th in Austin, Texas.

“We have three great World War II films coming out this fall – FURY, THE IMITATION GAME, and UNBROKEN. We want to use this opportunity to honor WWII veterans in our local communities. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas family has grown to 19 theaters in 6 states. We are excited to involve all of our locations in our first national giving effort,” – Amy Averett, Director of Alamo Drafthouse Private and Community Events.

You are invited to a special showing of FURY on October 18th, 2014 at 4:30PM at 1120 South Lamar, Austin TX 78704. Our local WWII Veterans will be in attendance!

Purchase your tickets HERE, and invite a friend! All net proceeds from these ticket sales will be donated to the Honor Flight Austin.

On a National level, you can honor and support your local WWII veterans. When you see FURY, THE IMITATION GAME, and UNBROKEN at the Alamo Drafthouse you will be invited to give an additional $1 as part of the ticket purchase to support the Honor Flight Network. Funds raised in each Alamo community will be donated to the local Honor Flight hub.

We, at Honor Flight Austin, are humbled by the sincere appreciation Tim Teague, Amy Averett and all those at Alamo Drafthouse have shown to The Greatest Generation.

We also want to extend our gratitude toward Jack Crawford, with the City of Austin Veterans Program, for his tireless efforts to honor our most senior Veterans.

Thank you to all those sharing the news and we look forward to seeing you on Oct 18th!

Volunteering with Honor Flight Austin

Noah is one of our youngest supporters. His commitment to honor our Veterans is evident at every Welcome Home Ceremony he attends. We asked Noah to share a few words about why he has chosen to give his time to applaud The Greatest Generation.

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Noah, friend of our Austin WWII Veterans!

“My name is Noah and I am 13 years old.  I have been helping Honor Flight as my community service project for my Bar Mitzvah.  I got started with Honor Flight because my neighbor, Marv Kanter, is a spokesman for Honor Flight and he is a World War II Navy veteran.  It brought tears to my eyes to see the World War II veterans so happy when we welcomed them back from their flights to the World War II Memorial and the other war memorials in DC.  I enjoyed making the poster and flyer for Honor Flight, welcoming home the vets, and giving them thank you cards.  This is a really nice thing to do if you want to do something to give back to the community and thank the vets” – Noah

Noah mentioned that he was overcome with emotion as he welcomes home our Veterans; our Veterans are also overcome with emotion as they see our community honor their service and sacrifice.

WWII Veteran Marvin Kanter, Noah’s neighbor and friend, shared throughout this 3 minute video, his appreciation and surprise that people in his community thought of him and his fellow Veterans.

“I couldn’t believe that after all these years, that they were thinking about us…I salute you.” – WWII Veteran and Honor Flight Alumni, Marvin Kanter

Want to Volunteer?

If you’d like to volunteer to attend our Welcome Home Ceremony at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, we post our upcoming events on the Honor Flight Austin Facebook Page.

Honor Our Pearl Harbor Survivors

Screenshot 2014-08-27 at 08.20.37Honor Flight Austin is planning a Commemorative Honor Flight; taking our WWII Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors to a solemn ceremony at the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. The commemorative ceremony will take place on December 7, 2014. The Honor Flight to Washington D.C. will depart on December 6, 2014. If a WWII Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivor lives outside of the Austin area, they will fly from an airport nearest to their residence. This Honor Flight is available to all WWII Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors in the State of Texas.

Honor Flight Austin will arrange all accommodations; there is no cost to the Veteran.

Please send an email to: contact@honorflightaustin.org or call 1-888-530-8880 to refer and honor our WWII Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors, here in Texas, to attend the ceremony in Washington D.C. on December 7, 2014.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: At 1:53 p.m. on December 7 annually, Friends and NPS co-host a ceremony at the Memorial to remember and honor all those who died when America’s naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded.

 Without your support, this trip of a lifetime would not happen. You play a major part in honoring our Veterans. – See more at: http://www.honorflightaustin.org/#sthash.qn1wzJf6.dpuf
 Without your support, this trip of a lifetime would not happen. You play a major part in honoring our Veterans. – See more at: http://www.honorflightaustin.org/#sthash.qn1wzJf6.dpuf
 Without your support, this trip of a lifetime would not happen. You play a major part in honoring our Veterans.

– See more at: http://www.honorflightaustin.org/#sthash.qn1wzJf6.dpuf

Help Honor Flight Say Thank You To The Greatest Generation- Refer A Hero

Screenshot 2014-08-05 at 10.54.09Help Honor Flight Austin say Thank You to the Men and Women of the Greatest Generation, with A Trip of a Lifetime.

We’re asking for your help finding every willing and able World War II Veteran in Texas so we can fly them to Washington D.C., free of charge, to see their WWII Memorial, built to honor their service and sacrifice.

We want to let our most senior Veterans know that we did not forget and will not forget their service and sacrifice.

You can fill out a Veteran Application here! You can also refer a World War II Veteran for A Trip of Lifetime. Simply provide your WWII Heroes name, contact information in the contact form to the right and we’ll take it from there!

 Without your support, this trip of a lifetime would not happen. You play a major part in honoring our Veterans.

The Honor Flight Austin mission is to transport veterans with a specific priority given to those residing within 14 counties listed below  to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices and return them home to their families and loved ones.

Honor Flight serves the following counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, Williamson Counties.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation and as a culturally diverse, free nation. It is estimated that 640 World War II veterans are dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

Honor Flight Austin is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. If you choose to donate with a check, please make the check out to Honor Flight Austin or donate via our online secure form.

Outreach – Honor A Hero

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Help us say Thank you to the Men and Women of The Greatest Generation!

Honor Flight is doing a major push to find World War II Veterans in the Central Texas area.  As we all know too well, these heroes won’t be here long, for many this will be the last opportunity to see their WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It is IMPERATIVE that we get out there and find these folks quick!

In preparation for our Spring 2015 flights, it is our goal to find at least 500 WWII veterans by the end of the Fall 2014 season.

Honor Flight’s mission is to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. This two-day trip will include a day of travel with the second day reserved exclusively for visiting those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifice.

 Without your support, this Trip of a Lifetime would not happen. You play a major part in honoring our Veterans.

Download and Share our Outreach Poster

Refer A Veteran Outreach Poster

Welcome Home our Veterans at Austin Bergstrom International Airport Oct 12th, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Contact the Honor Flight Austin Outreach Team

  • Mitch Fuller, Outreach and Promotions
  • Contact@HonorFlightAustin.org

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with the outreach team, please reach out to Mitch Fuller

The Honor Flight Mission 

Honor Flight Austin is preparing for our 18th Honor Flight: Sept 5th and 6th, 2014. The Honor Flight Austin mission is to transport veterans with a specific priority given to those residing within 14 counties listed below  to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices and return them home to their families and loved ones.

Honor Flight serves the following counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, Williamson Counties.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation and as a culturally diverse, free nation. It is estimated that 640 World War II veterans are dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

Honor Flight Austin is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. If you choose to donate with a check, please make the check out to Honor Flight Austin or donate via our online secure form.

Honor Flight Austin In The News

Read the latest news about Honor Flight Austin and our Honor Flight Austin Alumni on our Blog. You’ll also find pictures from all of the Honor Flights out of Austin, Veteran stories and much more on the Honor Flight Austin Facebook page

Lucy Coffey, America’s oldest living Woman Veteran goes to Washington D.C.

LucyCoffeyHonor Flight Austin was delighted to fly Ms. Lucy Coffey to Washington D.C. The trip was a whirlwind of activity from start to finish. Lucy was greeted at her home by several Veterans who drove her to the San Antonio Airport and off to Washington D.C. where she was honored at both the WWII Memorial and the Women’s Memorial.

Allen Bergeron, Chairman of Honor Flight Austin shared, “She’s waited over 65 years to see her memorial. … Not too often we get to bring a veteran to the White House to meet the president and the vice president. They spent some time with her and thanked her for her service…At 108, think of all she has seen. And now she has seen everything that was built for her,”  The World War II Memorial representing the 400,000 killed and the 16 million that served and this beautiful Women’s Memorial that was built in her honor.”

You can view photos of Lucy’s Honor Flight and read more about Lucy on the Honor Flight Austin Facebook page.  

 

In Memory – Bartley F. TUTHILL

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It is with a sad heart we share the news of Bartley F. Tuthill, WWII Veteran and HFA Alumni. 

His family shared their appreciation, “Bart was a father, son, brother, grandfather, WWII Vet, Mason, volunteer, sportsman and successful businessman. He lived all of these roles with distinction, love, honesty and above all, a humor that drew others to his positivity. He never met a stranger; this coupled with his love of travel allowed him to spread his joy of life throughout our great country and through the world.”

We ask you continue to honor the service and sacrifice of our WWII Veterans by sharing their stories.

Marking the Army’s 239th Birthday

Honor Flight Austin Army 239 Birthday Today we celebrate the Army’s 239th Birthday! We are marking the day by thanking all those who choose to honor the service and sacrifice of those who served in the United States Army, and encourage you to continue to do so.

We have had the privilege of honoring the service and sacrifice of many of our most senior Army Veterans who served during WWII, with your help.

 Without your support, this trip of a lifetime would not happen. You play a major part in honoring our Veterans.

We’d like to introduce you to one of our WWII Veterans and HFA Alumni, Peggy Van Noy. Peggy served as a Nurse during WWII in the United States Army, caring for “America’s Sons and Daughters”. Peggy expressed her appreciation not only to those who assisted her during the flight but to those who made the trip possible.

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Pictured is Peggy Van Noy, who served in the United States Army as a Nurse, during WWII and her grandson.

 

We also ask that you take moment to visit our In Memory Page and spend time honoring our WWII Veterans who served in the United States Army who are no longer with us. You made a difference in their lives. Without your commitment to honor them, they would not have experienced this Trip of A Lifetime. If you would like to thank a specific Army Veteran, post a photo and your words of appreciation on the Honor Flight Austin Facebook page and give us the opportunity to honor your Veteran as well.

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Mr. Louis Joesph “Paw Paw” Gremillion, Honor Flight Austin Alumni, served in the United States Army during WWII and knew his local community chose to honor , “The Greatest Generation”.