29 local heroes take off with Honor Flight Southern Nevada

29 local heroes take off with Honor Flight Southern Nevada

April 20, 2017 8:26 PM

On April 21, Honor Flight Southern Nevada departs McCarran International Airport for a three-day honor flight to Washington D.C.

The organization will be traveling with 17 World War II and 12 Korean War veterans, some having waited for the opportunity since 2014. They will visit several memorials including the WWII, Iwo Jima, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans and the United States Navy Memorials. Additionally, veterans will lay a wreath at Arlington National Ceremony.

“Each time I prepare to depart with another Honor Flight, I am overcome with a deep feeling of honor. I am proud to have assisted with providing this opportunity to almost 300 veterans within our community,” said Belinda Morse, executive director of Honor Flight Southern Nevada. “I cannot wait to share this experience with 29 of the most deserving men and women.” 

Gloria Saucier, a WWII veteran who served in flight operations for the Marine Corps is looking forward to participating with Honor Flight. Saucier said, “It’s going to be touching for me to go to D.C. because I know it will all come back to me-the happy memories, the sorrow--but it will all be good.”

The local heroes will return to McCarran on Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m. Honor Flight encourages friends, families and community supporters to welcome them home from this trip of a lifetime. Attendees can begin gathering at 3 p.m. on the second floor of terminal 1, above baggage claim.

“It is nice to know that people still care and think of us, and for them to take the time to appreciate us means the world to me,” said Saucier.