Veterans Take Flight Thanks to Upstate Organization

When you've sacrificed years of your life, risked life and limb, and lost friends that were more like family on the front line, a simple "Thank You" is not enough. Honor Flight Upstate SC aims to show gratitude to veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War by helping them see the memorial built in their honor.

The Honor Flight Network plans a full day to thank the veterans during their trip. During a single flight, approximately eighty veterans travel to Washington, DC to visit the memorial dedicated in their honor. Throughout the day, they are thanked for their service and their fallen comrades are honored. They enjoy time with fellow veterans who can share their past experiences and appreciate the sacrifices each has made.

Honor Flight works with generous donors and valuable volunteers to help get these heroes to Washington, DC. Donors can help cover the $600 required to pay for a plane ticket, bus transportation in the DC area, and other incidentals for the costs of the trips. Guardians, volunteers who travel with the veterans and pay $400 for their expenses, travel with the veterans to ensure each veteran arrives and returns safely. These volunteers have the privilege of time with a veteran who has a rich history to share during this memorable journey.

In addition to donating or volunteering through the organizations traditional means, Honor Flight Upstate SC will be hosting their fourth annual Honor Flight Memorial Ride on June 7, 2014, which will include entertainment, food and drinks, and prizes. The cost to participate is $30 per bike.

With more than 100 veterans waiting to take their Honor Flight, this organization needs donors and volunteers to help recognize these heroes who fought for freedom on the front lines. For more information about participating as a veteran, guardian, or donor, please visit

Jamie Gillenwater owns Transcend Text, LLC, an Upstate technical communications and training firm. Her writing focuses on her Upstate community, technical communication, and corporate training. She is an active member of the Connect Young Professionals, Society for Technical Communication's Carolina chapter, and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Council.