Honor Air

The Mission: In honor of Veterans of the armed forces who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam; Roswell Rotary executed our 8th annual trip to Washington DC to visit each Veteran's respective memorial.

What's It Take? In 2018, the $80,000 cost of this trip is raised entirely by Roswell Rotarians, independent of the $200,000+ raised from our annual golf/tennis tournament. Bus transportation with honor guard escorts the vets to the airport where they board a chartered flight to DC. All meals, wheelchairs, and other needs including the presence of EMT are provided to ensure the comfort and safety of all Veterans.

Partners: Roswell Police and the Patriot Motorcycle Guard lead three buses beneath fire truck crossed ladders, past cheering Rotarians and Rotoractors, clearing traffic all the way to the Atlanta airport.

The Experience: Veterans receive a heroes welcome in DC as their plane passes under water cannons and they are greeted by cheering of members of the USO with music, banners, salutes, and handshakes from passengers in the airport.

After visiting all War Memorials, we visit the Changing for Guard ceremony at Arlington. Buses arrive back in Roswell at 10pm to a cheering crowd. Over 60 Vets with guardians and EMTs for 150 on the jet. PR coverage for this trip includes local newspapers, TV news broadcasting, radio, and social media. PR coverage reaches tens of thousands in the Metro Atlanta area.

Partner Involvement
Police, Fire Department, and EMTs provided escorts, security, and safety. Patriot Motorcycle Guard escorts busses to airport.

Attachments

5:00 am arrival

WWII Veteran arrives for trip to DC

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Arlington National Cemetery

Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery

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At Atlanta Airport

WWII Veterans await departure at the gate

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Bus Ride to Airport

One of Three fully loaded busses carrying Veterans to the airport

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Crossed Ladders

Roswell Fire Department provides crossed ladders for Veteran salute

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Greeting at DC Airport

Veterans greeted by USO and others upon arrival at the gate

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Group Photo at WWII Memorial

WWII, Korean, and Viet Nam Veterans gather for a group photo at the WWII Memorial

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Korean War Memorial

Korean Vet at the Memorial

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Plane Arrival in DC

Plane taxis beneath Water Cannon salute

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Veteran teamed with his Guardian

Presdient Jeff serving as Guardian with GRSP Bence for Veteran of WWII

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Veterans Awaiting Departure

Veterans were provided breakfast and coffee at Roswell Rotary meeting venue.

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WWII Memorial

WWII Veteran and AG Jim Squire at the War Memorial

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