Red, White and Blue: What does freedom mean to you?


About Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans is a grassroots movement with the mission of highlighting, recognizing and aiding veterans to thank them in some small way for the sacrifices they have made to ensure our freedom.

What is Honor Flight?

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. Honor Flight transports our heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – our World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. To learn more about Honor Flight, or to locate a hub in your area or be a part of this amazing mission, please visit www.HonorFlight.org.

Want to take action, too? It’s as easy as red, white, and blue!

Red: I’ve got a few minutes. What can I do to help?

Easy! Virtually “hug a hero” by leaving a heart-felt message at Info@HonorOurVeterans.org. Your messages will be sent to veterans leaving on an Honor Flight voyage, or those who are on the waiting list. Your words mean the world to these brave men and women!

Also consider taking a few minutes to learn more about the mission of Honor Flight. Is there a way you can get involved? If you were to make a donation, would your company match it? Do you know any Boy Scout or Girl Scout troops or church groups looking for a community service project? Do you know a veteran whose name needs to be on the list to go?

White: I’d like to help veterans in my community. Where should I start?

Great! Veterans are everywhere and they are often easy to spot. They can often be seen wearing clothing (hats, shirts, jackets, vests, etc.) that denote their service. They sometimes drive cars with Purple Heart, Prisoner of War, or Disabled Veteran license plates. Some of them are organized in VFW posts. They are our friends, neighbors, church members, teachers, relatives, and more. Start with a handshake and a sincere “thank you.” Invite them to community events, have them speak at your child’s school, attend Veteran’s Day events and invite them along. Keep yourself informed on veteran’s issues and encourage your elected officials to support legislation that helps our veterans. Consider volunteering for a group that supports veterans – you can find a list of links to various organizations’ sites on this site.

Blue: I want to dedicate my time to honoring our veterans. How do I get involved?

Thank you for helping us honor those who dedicate themselves to our freedom. They appreciate it and ask for so little.

Consider serving as a guardian on an Honor Flight trip. Guardians are people who pay their own way to D.C. for the honor of helping veterans around the city to see their memorials. Visit www.HonorFlight.org to locate your closest Honor Flight hub and submit an application to accompany these heroes on an upcoming Honor Flight trip. No special expertise is necessary – just a desire to do what you can to help these heroes enjoy their trip of a lifetime.

Ask the hub how you can get involved – there are opportunities year-round to help with everything from fundraising to organizing the trips to putting together reunion events for the veterans involved. Honor Flight is a rewarding organization to be a part of, and the veterans it serves are some of the most wonderful men and women you will have an opportunity to meet.

Other organizations that would welcome your assistance:

Veterans Affairs

Operation Finally Home

Wounded Warriors Project

Adopt a Soldier

USO


Why I Fight

“I’m not trying to save the world. I’m trying to honor those who did.”

Just like you, I’m a grateful American, one who holds her freedom close to her heart. I’m also a proud Texan and a military “BRAT.” My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents – many generations of my family – have served in the military. My grandfather received a Purple Heart for his service in World War II, where he spent months as a prisoner of war. My father fought in Vietnam. I guess you could say service to our country runs in our family.

My service is to use my voice to highlight and serve those who protect our freedom. Veterans deserve our thanks, our acknowledgement, and any help we can give them. Capturing the stories of the service they have given is also extremely important: only when we understand the sacrifice can we truly value our freedom.

My grandfather got his Purple Heart medal in the mail. My dad was instructed to wear plain clothes rather than a uniform in public so that Vietnam protestors wouldn’t spit on him or hurt him when he returned home. I have personally heard the moving stories of countless veterans who had never been able to share their experiences with anyone who would listen. It moves me that we are in such grave danger of losing these incredible experiences and the chance to thank these veterans in a meaningful way because we are too busy living the lives that their very service enables in our great country.

I have personally seen how much it means for these veterans to receive acknowledgement. When someone walks up to my grandfather and thanks him for his service, he lights up. He talks about it for days. And I’ve sometimes seen a tear in the corner of his eye – though he would never admit it!

Please join me in making a difference. It just takes a few minutes to give someone a thank-you that will mean the world to them. Let’s show our nation’s youth that veterans are to be honored, revered, and heard. Through this, they can truly understand how important peace is.

Let’s honor those who have fallen by serving and honoring those who live.

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