It was an early morning on Saturday, June 17, as some of our nation’s veterans were honored by Honor Flight Network who flew them to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials commemorating their service and sacrifice.
Honor Flight Network was created in 2005 by Jeff Miller and Earl Morse with a simple, yet powerful, mission – honoring our nation’s veterans by bringing them to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built to commemorate their service and sacrifice.
While initially focused on America’s World War II veterans, Honor Flight Network has expanded its mission to include those who served during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and veterans of any service era who are critically ill.
Transporting approximately 22,000 veterans annually, Honor Flight Network has flown nearly 275,000 veterans to Washington, D.C. since its inception.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity (Brookfield Lutheran – Brookfield, Wisconsin), Rhoda (Prince of Peace – Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin), and Samson (Zion – Marengo, Illinois) along with their handlers were honored to be at Stars and Stripes Honor Flight at Mitchell Airport, Milwaukee, Wisconsin early Saturday morning to help send off our nations heroes who served and protected our country. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams were blessed to hear the veterans stories of their service in the military and see their smiles as they departed for Washington D.C. We are forever grateful for their service.
LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs Amos (Our Savior's Way – Ashburn, Virginia) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Kezia (Emmanuel – Baltimore, Maryland) were at Dulles International Airport to welcome the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight arriving from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
This Honor Flight included one veteran from WWII and veterans from the Korea, Vietnam and Gulf wars. The comfort dogs were especially blessed to enlist veterans from Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church representing the United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Marines and the United States Coast Guard to join in their ministry of presence. There were many special moments shared between the veterans, their guardians and the volunteers as they experienced Jesus’s love.
It is an honor to be present for the sendoff from Wisconsin as well as welcome our heroes to DC to let them know how grateful we are for their service.