Tri-State Veterans Honor Flights Resume to Washington, D.C.

Honor Flight Cincinnati
88 local veterans depart for Washington D.C. – photo by Madeline Ottilie

We are proud and grateful to announce that Tri-State Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. are being resumed. Tuesday, 88 local veterans are flying to Washington D.C. to visit their respective war memorials. These flights occur from Cincinnati to Washington several times each year.

The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution regularly participate in these events. We are grateful that these special flights have been resumed

April 19, 2022 Honor Flight Has Cincinnati SAR Members Aboard

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022 a plane full of Veterans of the armed forces of these United States of America departed in the early hours of the morning to tour those memorials to our veterans in our nation’s capital. Their day was full and experiences many, with the focus of the individuals evolving slowly from some earlier flights where just a few wished to visit the WWI memorial. Later flights provided a goodly number of veterans to their WWII memorial, then the Korean Veterans mostly filled planes and this flight had a majority of Viet Nam Veterans. Among these honored Veterans was Cincinnati SAR member Paul Taylor and Jesse Andrews a former President of the Cincinnati SAR and also President of the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Representatives of the Cincinnati Chapter of the SAR participate
with the hundreds of well wishers at CVG.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. These Sons of Revolutionary Sires continue to keep alive their ancestors’ story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man’s struggle against tyranny – a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms. The veterans who we honor at these flights continue to keep alive the ideals of our founding fathers, protecting liberty for the citizens of these United States of America.

The common thread of all who return to hear the glorious cheers of family, neighbors, well wishers, the Emerald Pipes & Drums, members of veteran organizations, volunteers and patriotic groups – is of surprise and awe! It is always unexpected, but greatly appreciated. Grown men and yes women to overcome with emotion after a very long day to the hundreds cheering in recognition of the service they’ve given. Many have tears of joy on their faces as they had no cheers upon the return they made those decades ago when coming back from foreign places, having risked their lives for us.

All the members of the Cincinnati SAR were proud to welcome back those who’ve served and have been given this day in Washington, D.C., particularly our Compatriot Jesse Andrews who is also a Legend among the many Pipes & Drums groups in Midwestern USA, having been part of their organizations for 50 years as the epidemy of excellence as Drum Major. A few of the attending Cincinnati SAR Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard are pictured here with Jesse: President George Stewart, Gerald Knight, Michael Blum and Michael Gunn.

Jesse Andrews – CCSAR honor flight participant with CCSAR members
Michael Gunn, Gerald Knight, Michael Blum and George Stewart
Robin Berman, niece of Jessie Andrews, who accompanied Jessie on the trip to DC

In addition, a re-post link of the WCPO article is below:

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