Most typical flights begin with a welcome party at the Portland Airport Shilo Inn on Wednesday night prior to leaving on Thursday morning.
Our first full day in Washington usually begins with a full morning at the WWII Memorial. In the afternoon we take a tour of the Capitol, with a reception by Senator Ron Wyden or Congressman Greg Waldon.
Other excursions may include stops at the Iwo Jima Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Viet Nam & Korean Memorials. We always make a trip to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Our return trip is usually scheduled for Sunday.
Most of our breakfasts and dinners are eaten at the hotel, and we usually have a box lunch brought to meet us where we are at that time.
Honor Flight of Portland Oregon (HFPO) is one of over 100 regional “hubs” in 42 states participating in the national Honor Flight Network (HFN) program honoring WWII veterans by taking them to Washington, DC to visit their National WWII Memorial. On July 20, 2011 we became an Honor Flight hub, serving the greater Portland area (Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Hood River Counties), where 80 WWII veterans were then waiting to travel to Washington, DC. During our first 24 months of operation with 6 visits to Washington, we honored 207 WWII Veterans, sharing flights with the Eastern Oregon Honor Flight hub. Effective July 15, 2016, we added Clackamas, Marion, Yamhill, Polk, & Tillamook counties for a total of 10 Oregon counties.
Almost 100,000 WWII veterans from across our nation have participated in the HFN program launched 8 years ago. WWII veterans travel free of charge in appreciation for their WWII service and sacrifice 7 decades ago preserving our freedoms. “Guardians” assisting the veterans pay hubs for their own lodging, meals, and airline expenses – about $1,300.
Ninety percent (90%) of the WWII veterans who survived WWII have passed away since the end of WWII sixty seven years ago. The surviving 1.6 million WWII veterans are older than 85 with some in their late 90s. Time is of the Essence to honor the “Greatest Generation”.
Veterans and Guardians who assist the veterans will visit the WWII Memorial, U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Tomb of the Unknowns, and other veterans memorials in the Washington, DC area. Our trips are 4 days in duration: a day traveling from Portland to Washington, 2 full days in Washington, and a day returning to Portland (PDX).