St. David’s Healthcare honors our WWII Veterans

Honor Flight Austin will start its third year of flying by sending 120 World War II Veterans on their 2014 spring flights, their largest flights to date. The WWII Veterans will fly, free of charge, due to the generous support from the Austin community and a $40,000 donation from St. David’s HealthCare.

“When we heard about Honor Flight’s efforts—making it possible for World War II veterans to visit the memorial—we wanted to get involved,” Denise Bradley, director of corporate communication and public affairs for St. David’s HealthCare, said. “It is our hope that this gift will inspire others to support local veterans for their tremendous service and sacrifices.”

St. David’s HealthCare is also donating 30 wheelchairs to Honor Flight, and a number of staff members will be assisting as guardians on the flight for veterans who suffer from critical health issues.

We want to thank all who have contributed to honor the service and sacrifices of our WWII Veterans as we continue to make these historic flights with our local WWII Veterans to Washington D.C. before it’s too late.

I live here I give here Update

flight 11As you know,  this was the first year Honor Flight participated in the a city-wide day of giving through Amplify Austin and we want to say THANK YOU to all who gave.

Without supporters like you, continuing these historic flights to Washington, D.C. would be impossible for our most deserving Veterans. Your donation has helped us continue our mission to send more WWII Veterans from the Austin area to see their memorial in our Nation’s capital before it is too late.

Since our inception in 2011, we raised enough funds to fly 370 WWII veterans to see the memorial that was built in their honor and you personally assisted us in making their trip possible. The Veterans who participate in one of our flights continue to talk about their experience as a memory they will never forget.

Many stay invested in Honor Flight Austin by helping us recruit more veterans and even help with fundraising. Our goal is to fly all willing and able World War II Veterans living in and around Austin, Texas.

Your donation has helped fund our Veteran’s hotel accommodations, food, airfare, and ground transportation for the two days in Washington, D.C.

On behalf of Honor Flight Austin and the WWII Veterans we serve, we thank you for your donation and for showing our WWII Veterans how much their service and sacrifice is valued by the citizens of a grateful nation.

Honor Flight and Amplify Austin starts March 20!

Amplify Austin is Just One Week Away!

   Last year, nonprofits across Austin came together for a city-wide day of giving. The goal was to raise $1 million for nonprofits across our community in 24 hours. In that short time, we surpassed that goal and raised over $2,780,000.

Amplify Austin returns one week from today, starting at 6P on March 20 and ending at 6P on March 21. The goal for 2014 is $4 million in 24 hours.
You can show your support for our WWII Veterans by visiting our Amplify Austin donation page to schedule your gift in advance!
Giving a gift of $25 (or more!) and sharing your experience will help us reach our goal of flying every able bodied WWII Veteran to Washington D.C. to see their memorials, FOR FREE!

Honor Flight Austin Brings D.C. to WWII Veteran

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Honor Flight Austin Brings D.C. to WWII Veteran - We were proud to honor Mr. Gillson after hearing he would not be able to fly with us to Washington D.C. to visit his memorial. Honor Flight decided to bring D.C. to him. From the National Anthem, sung by an Air Force Veteran, to the many well wishes of honor from those in attendance, Mr. Gillson shared his gratitude. There was not a dry eye in that room.

Mr. Gillson served our country during WWII and almost lost his life. “I wish we could take him…” Allen Bergeron of Honor Flight said. “We’re gonna have him in our thoughts and prayers and hopefully he pulls through and we’ll get him to see his memorial that he’s waited 65 years to see.”  To read more, visit My Fox Austin.

Mr. Overton, the oldest living WWII Veteran meets with President Obama.

2013051595080921Nick Swartsell shared the news via the Dallas News. We were honored to accompany Mr. Overton on this trip and to continue to honor him  back home in Austin. Thank you to all who made this moment possible!

“In his speech, Obama noted that Overton visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in May. Honor Flight Austin, which brings Texas veterans to the capital, arranged both trips.”

“As Richard sat in a wheelchair beneath that great marble statue, he wept,’’ the president said. “And the crowd that gathered around him wept, too, to see one of the oldest living veterans of World War II bear witness to a day – to the progress of a nation – he thought might never come.’’


GSD&M is asking for your help in honoring our WWII veterans and the mission of Honor Flight Austin. Share one of these images created by GSD&M, make them your profile picture or cover to show your support! You can also visit our DONATE page to make a contribution to help send our heroes to Washington DC to visit their memorial.

A big thank you to GSD&M for their support!




Please Join our Welcome Home Ceremony for 34 WWII Veterans at ABIA


Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 1.13.08 PMJoin Honor Flight for our welcome home ceremony on Oct. 12 at about 8 p.m. (veterans are scheduled to arrive at 7:35 p.m.) at the Southwest ticket lobby at ABIA.

Family, friends, and Travis High School NJROTC Cadets will be on hand to welcome the veteran’s home and we invite the public to join us as we Welcome Home the Greatest Generation from our 10th Honor Flight.

You can follow our 10th Honor Flight, which starts on Friday, Oct 11, 2013 on our Facebook Page. We post updates regularly throughout the weekend. Truly a trip of a lifetime!



Austin veterans aren’t letting shutdown stop trip – Honor Flight Austin gets the OK

Allen Bergeron, Chairman of Honor Flight Austin share with Kevin Schaller at KXAN the good news. Honor Flight Austin will be able to visit the WWII Memorial for our 10th flight on Oct. 11-12, 2013

“Honor Flight Austin chairman Allen Bergeron says he was getting conflicting information about whether the memorial would be open to the public when about 35 veterans from the Austin area arrive in Washington.

However, Bergeron got the okay Wednesday for a planned trip…and the National Park Service doesn’t plan to stop veterans from visiting the site.

“[The veterans] are saying we stormed the beaches in Normandy and we’ll storm the beaches in D.C.,” said Bergeron, referring to the veterans considering an attempt to get into the memorial, even if the site is closed.

“I may be getting younger, but some of these guys need to make the trip right now, they deserve it,” said WWII Veteran Phil Shaw Jr., 93.

A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial Tuesday with help from members of Congress.”

To read more, head over to KXAN

Mayor announces Honor Flight Gratitude Challenge to raise funds for WW II veterans to visit their D.C. memorial

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Bruce Lazarus, the CFO of Hexadyne, presents Mayor Leffingwell a check for $10,000, to fulfill the mission of Honor Flight Austin. Asks others to do the same.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Hexadyne Corporation today, July 17, announced the Honor Flight Gratitude Challenge urging local corporations and organizations to match or exceed the $10,000 that Hexadyne is giving to Honor Flight Austin to honor our World War II veterans.

The challenge is to raise $120,000 with the goal of funding the remaining fall Honor Flights to fly 120 veterans to Washington, D.C., to the memorial built in their honor. The challenge ends Aug. 15, 2013, Victory over the Pacific Day, which marks the end of WW II.

“As a Vietnam veteran I encourage our community to consider contributing to this very worthwhile cause,” Mayor Lee Leffingwell said. “I was fortunate to go on one of the first Honor Flight trips last year and the emotion and gratitude of our veteran heroes was priceless. I thank our supporters and Hexadyne Corporation for its support to make the remaining trips happen.”

Five WW II veterans and Bruce Lazarus, Chief Financial Officer of Hexadyne Corporation, joined the Mayor to call on local organizations and corporations to match or exceed their donation of $10,000 to support Honor Flight Austin’s mission.

“To help kick-start the funding needs of the WW II Veterans/Honor Flight Austin program, I am donating the first $10,000 of the $120,000 that is needed to take the next 120 WWII Veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial,” Lazarus said. “I challenge the rest of Austin and surrounding Central Texas communities to help fund this program in record time. This is a small token of appreciation for the men and women who unselfishly gave a large portion of their lives to save not only our county, but to save the world.”

Since Honor Flight Austin was established in 2012 the organization has gone on seven missions and has transported 230 WW II veterans to see their dream destinations. Approximately 1,000 WW II veterans live in the 14 Central Texas counties that Honor Flight Austin supports.

Contributions to Honor Flight Austin can be made here on our site, securely.

Honoring our WWII Veterans on Independence Day


Honoring our WWII Veterans on Independence Day

Independence Day is a time to celebrate America and to reflect on the freedoms we hold dear.   From the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord to the members of our armed services in Afghanistan, our brave Americans form an unbroken chain of American patriots dedicated to defending the principles embodied in our Declaration of Independence

World War II marked one of the greatest challenges to those principles. As the forces of Nazism and Imperialism spread in Europe and Asia, America stood virtually alone. Again, thousands of brave men and women – many from Texas – rose up to defend our country and the world.

Our freedoms are not defended with speeches or slogans, but through the willingness of brave Americans to serve, and sometimes lay down their lives. This Independence Day let us take a moment to say a special thank you to the defenders of our freedom.

This year holds special significance as Honor Flight Austin launches a new gratitude campaign for the men and women of the Greatest Generation with the help of GSD&M.

Honor Flight Austin, a 501(c) (3) non-profit, has taken over 200 WWII Veterans to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial that was built in their honor 65 years after the war was over.  With help of the gratitude campaign we are hoping to find and take the approximately 1000 WWII Veterans living in and around the Austin area on “One More Tour with Honor”.

“GSD&M is proud to be involved with Honor Flight Austin and its efforts to ensure all Central Texans that served in WWII are able to see their Memorial in our nation’s capitol,” said David Rockwood, VP/Community at GSD&M. “We look forward to helping them succeed in their fundraising goals.”

Sadly, many of our WWII Veterans never had the opportunity to visit and experience their memorial. Statistics are telling us that we’re losing them at the rate of 600 to 800 per day on a national level.  Unfortunately, time is not on our side.

We need the help of individuals and corporations to make this dream a reality for our remaining WWII Veterans. Let us all make a special effort to thank the men and women who secured the blessings of liberty.  We must honor all of America’s veterans – and while we still can, our most senior WWII Veterans, for their service to our country.

Please take time this Independence Day and help Honor Flight Austin continue this long overdue gratitude campaign, an opportunity for all of us to say thank you to the men and women of the Greatest Generation.

You can say thank you to our WWII Veterans by making a tax-deductible donation to Honor Flight Austin by clicking the donate button below.

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