CONTRIBUTED BY VFW PAT HANNON POST 4666
The Rocky Mountain Honor Flight is a Denver, Colorado based non- profit organization formed in 2007. Their goal is to fly every able and willing Veteran to Washington, DC to visit “their” monuments and memorials at no charge to the Veteran.
They are a member of Honor Flight Network, which began this activity in 2005, and began flying with commercial charter aircraft in 2006 from Dayton, Ohio. There are now 130 “hubs” in 45 States, from which flights originate around the country.
Various private and commercial donors support them. They are also supported by many veteran organizations in the region. They have no paid staff. Their volunteers organize the veterans for travel, arranging the travel both to and from Washington. The journey is usually 3 days and 2 nights, spending several hours visiting at the World War Memorial and the other Washington landmarks such as the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with the changing of the Guard, Marine Corps War Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Navy Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial and Navy Yard.
They have provided “Honor Flights” for approximately 1300 Veterans so far, the oldest being 103.
The present staff consist of the following dedicated Americans: Mary Denise Haddon, president, Anne Teigen, secretary, Joe Winslow, VP guardian coordinator, James Murphy, veteran coordinator, Pat Keelan, fundraising, Gene Gorham, ground operations, Judy Gorham, medical director, Col. Mike Lowe, investment committee, Terry Garner, ground support/logistics, Kelley Steiner, volunteer coordinator, Julian Kiss, website administrator; technical, Daral Willeford, treasurer, Nick Stone, active duty military liaison, Sam Pitizen, WWII and Korean War representative.
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