FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Honor Flight Northeast Indiana’s 14th trip to Washington, D.C. has been fully funded by one couple. Dennis and Charline Covert donated funds to help send 70 veterans and their volunteer guardians to the capital on Wednesday, October 1.
Of those veterans on the flight, 40 of them are over the age of 90 including two 99 year-old World War II veterans. Dennis and three other World War II veterans on the flight will take part in HFNEI’s first organized wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
The nonprofit takes all veterans on flights, but prioritizes those that are in their 90s or are terminally ill. This is the first flight where there will be a terminally ill Vietnam Veteran who’s participating.
According to the organization, 95 percent of all donations go directly toward the trips. This is the nonprofit organization’s first fully funded flight by an individual sponsor.
“The donation is really very small when you stop and think about the sacrifices of the World War II veterans,” Dennis Covert said.
The flight will take off from 122nd Air National Guard Fighter Wing around 8:30 a.m. NewsChannel 15’s Rod Hissong will be live before they leave during First News from 5 a.m. -7 a.m.
The public is invited to welcome back the veterans along with the Patriot Guard Flag Corp and band at 9:30 p.m. in the main terminal at Fort Wayne International Airport.Organizers suggest people arrive around 8:30 p.m. to allow enough space for everyone.
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