Guardians support the project by paying approximately $500, which help pay for the program. These individuals go through training on what to do as they supervise and escort a veteran on the trip. This includes making sure the veteran does not get dehydrated, what to do if he is injured, and more.
“You’re there to serve the veterans,” Haney said.
Haney said the trip typically rejuvenates the veterans and touches them profoundly. He knows many veterans who never spoke about their time in the war, but started to really open up after visiting the memorials.
Haney and Rochau added that random people seeing the groups in Washington, D.C., will come up to the veterans and shake their hands and thank them. Haney remembers one time when a French tourist asked why the group was there. After being told about the program, he thanked the WWII veterans on behalf of his country.
Next year’s Honor Flights will begin in April. For more information on the program, visit www.honorflightqc.com.