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By Michele Jurek, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has announced it is offering one additional flight Oct. 29, thanks to an anonymous donor.
Its flight scheduled for Sept. 24 was set to be the last one before it ceases operation, but a donor came forward early in the summer and offered to finance one more.
According to David Chilson, one of Honor Flight Northwest Ohio’s six board members, the final flight is already filled with the last of the applicants from its waiting list.
“Everyone who has applied and was on the waiting list is going or has been given the opportunity to go on a flight,” Chilson said.
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio was formed in 2007 to give veterans of Northwest Ohio the chance to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials that honor their service. It has flown 1,872 veterans on 35 flights since its formation.
The main mission was to get veterans of World War II on the flights, Chilson said.
“Their memorial was built later, and because of their age we had a sense of urgency to get them there as soon as possible,” he said.
The flights were later opened up to veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
With the last flight in October, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is fulfilling the mission it began seven years ago. The Honor Flight Network, which was created in 2005, continues to operate 101 regional hubs in 39 states to accommodate veterans around the country.
For more information, visit www.honorflightnwo.org.