WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that flies veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. They do it all at no cost to the veterans -- giving many a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a homecoming of sorts.
The Honor Flight Network was the idea of Earl Morse, a physician assistant and retired Air Force Captain.
The first honor flight took place in May 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking 12 World War II veterans to visit the memorial in Washington, D.C.
In 2006, the group partnered with HonorAir in Hendersonville, North Carolina and formed the Honor Flight Network.
By the end of the first year, Honor Flight brought 137 World War II veterans to their memorial.
By the end of 2009 the group helped 35,996 Veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam to visit their memorial.
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