Our Nation’s Oldest Veteran Honored At The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Mr. Richard Overton at 108 years old represented The Greatest Generation at the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, held in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Overton our Nation’s oldest living Veteran and an Honor Flight Austin Alumni was asked to start the game off by delivering the game ball. Mr. Overton presented the game ball with Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant First Class Leroy A Petry, who also escorted Mr. Overton throughout the opening ceremony. SFC Petry shared, “My greatest honor today is to be next to WWII Veteran, Mr. Overton, truly an honor.”

Mr. Overton reflected upon his moments at the game and shared, “I really enjoyed the game. Especially meeting so many young soldiers. Makes me feel proud.”

MG Allen Batschelet, Commanding General of United States Army Recruiting Command, was also present at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and shared in honoring Mr. Overton’s legacy of service.

Rebecca Salinas journalist from the San Antonio Express shared the news of Mr. Overton’s presence at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl with an article recounting Mr. Overton’s thoughts on his longevity.

“Even at 108 years old, Overton is as active as ever. He walks and drives with ease, takes whiskey with his coffee every morning, and does not take any medication.

His secret? “Staying out of trouble”

Mr. Overton is one of the many World War II Veterans that Honor Flight Austin has been entrusted to honor with their, “Trip of a Lifetime”. We’re asking for your help in reaching every willing and able World War II Veteran to share the opportunity to visit their War Memorials in Washington D.C. at no charge. Applications for an Honor Flight are available here.

Honor Flight Austin Reunites Army Nurses Who Served Together During WWII

 

WWII Veteran - Maclovia Cribbs of Washington D.C. will reunite with Ms. Rachel, Rae Clark of Texas at the World War II Museum on September 26 2014.

WWII Veteran, Maclovia Cribbs (right) of Washington D.C. will reunite with her fellow Veteran, Ms. Rachel “Rae” Clark (left) of Texas at the World War II Museum in Washington D.C. on September 27 2014

Austin, TX, – Honor Flight Austin’s 19th Honor Flight to Washington D.C.; will have thirty-four Veterans on board. One of those WWII Veterans is former Army Captain Rachel “Rae” Clark, age 94, having served in the Army as a Surgical Nurse.  Ms. Clark will reunite with her longtime friend and WWII comrade, Maclovia Cribbs, age 91, who resides in Washington D.C.

In 1944, Rachel Clark was sent to Paris, France where she met fellow surgical nurse, Maclovia Cribbs.

The two will reunite at the World War II Memorial, September 27, 2014 at 10:00AM for a special ceremony honoring all the WWII Veterans in attendance. The public is encouraged to attend.

Maclovia Cribbs, originally from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, served in the United States Army and Air Force. Ms. Cribbs was stationed in a hospital outside of a darkened Paris. Ms. Cribbs was standing along the Champs-Elysees during the historic moment when the lights came on at the Arc de Triomphe, symbolizing the end of the war in Europe.

Ms Rachel Clark currently resides in Texas. She joined the Army Nurse Corp in September 1942. Ms. Clark was sent to England aboard the Queen Mary. She remembers sleeping in air raid shelters to escape the bombing in London. Ms. Clark, remarked, “I timed my surgical sterilizer by Big Ben. I could just look out the window!”


Honor Flight Austin is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run charity organization that flies World War II Veterans to see the memorial in Washington, D.C.  This two-day trip is a way of saying thank you to all who served.

The World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2004 – 59 years after the war ended, honoring the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the United States, and the more than 400,000 who died. Our mission is to fly our World War II Veterans free of charge to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Statistics indicate we are losing these heroes at a rate of approximately 640 a day.

The Honor Flight Austin mission is to transport veterans with a specific priority given to those residing within 14 counties listed below to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices and return them home to their families and loved ones.

Honor Flight serves the following counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, and Williamson Counties.

 


Mayor announces Honor Flight Gratitude Challenge to raise funds for WW II veterans to visit their D.C. memorial

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Bruce Lazarus, the CFO of Hexadyne, presents Mayor Leffingwell a check for $10,000, to fulfill the mission of Honor Flight Austin. Asks others to do the same.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Hexadyne Corporation today, July 17, announced the Honor Flight Gratitude Challenge urging local corporations and organizations to match or exceed the $10,000 that Hexadyne is giving to Honor Flight Austin to honor our World War II veterans.

The challenge is to raise $120,000 with the goal of funding the remaining fall Honor Flights to fly 120 veterans to Washington, D.C., to the memorial built in their honor. The challenge ends Aug. 15, 2013, Victory over the Pacific Day, which marks the end of WW II.

“As a Vietnam veteran I encourage our community to consider contributing to this very worthwhile cause,” Mayor Lee Leffingwell said. “I was fortunate to go on one of the first Honor Flight trips last year and the emotion and gratitude of our veteran heroes was priceless. I thank our supporters and Hexadyne Corporation for its support to make the remaining trips happen.”

Five WW II veterans and Bruce Lazarus, Chief Financial Officer of Hexadyne Corporation, joined the Mayor to call on local organizations and corporations to match or exceed their donation of $10,000 to support Honor Flight Austin’s mission.

“To help kick-start the funding needs of the WW II Veterans/Honor Flight Austin program, I am donating the first $10,000 of the $120,000 that is needed to take the next 120 WWII Veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial,” Lazarus said. “I challenge the rest of Austin and surrounding Central Texas communities to help fund this program in record time. This is a small token of appreciation for the men and women who unselfishly gave a large portion of their lives to save not only our county, but to save the world.”

Since Honor Flight Austin was established in 2012 the organization has gone on seven missions and has transported 230 WW II veterans to see their dream destinations. Approximately 1,000 WW II veterans live in the 14 Central Texas counties that Honor Flight Austin supports.

Contributions to Honor Flight Austin can be made here on our site, securely.

Honor Flight Austin announces New Flight honoring our WWII Veterans APRIL 26-27, 2013

Austin, TX-  Honor Flight Austin has announced the date for the next Honor Flight from Austin to Washington D.C. Honor Flight Austin’s mission is to honor and help our veteran heroes travel absolutely free to visit their Memorial in Washington D.C. The next Honor Flight will take place on APRIL 26-27, 2013. Applications for Veterans, Volunteers and Guardians can be viewed and downloaded via the Honor Flight Austin website, click HERE for more information.

Honor Flight Austin Network will continue to pay tribute to America’s veteran heroes, honoring all they have given. Honor Flight Austin believes we have a duty to show them that their efforts are not forgotten. We want to thank the Austin community and those in the surrounding areas who continue to support our effort to honor our veterans with, “One More Tour With Honor”. We couldn’t do it without your support.

You can view photos of our previous flights on our photos page on the Honor Flight Austin website. Click HERE to view the HFA photos.

 

Thank you from our WWII Veterans

We received quite a few thank you letters and wanted to share them with you and also acknowledge, without your support, we would not be able to give, “One More Tour with Honor” to our WWII veterans, they just would not have happened. You play a major part in honoring our Veterans. 


isabelle cook letterHonor Flight a “wonderful experience”

I am one of the two World War II nurse veterans who went on the Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. I feel that I represented all of the women in service during World War II. I want to thank the staff of Honor Flight, the volunteers and all of the participating military personnel both in Austin and Washington who did so much to make this an outstanding and memorable trip.

I would encourage people in the Austin community to make contributions to Honor Flight Austin (www.honorflightaustin.org) so that other World War II veterans can have this wonderful experience on the next Honor Flight.

Isabelle Cook


minnies letterDear Mr. Bergeron, chairman of Honor Flight Austin.

How can I thank you and the people of Austin for the trip of a lifetime? From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. The memorials-I will never forget and what they stand for. I lost a brother and many friends in World War II. From doning the shirt at the Hilton to the letters on the flight home. I have never been so appreciated. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful- The people lind up at the Regan airport-wanted to shake hands with us and thank us. At the memorial- busloads of children wanted to shake our hands and thank us. People wanted pictures of their girls with me. My grandson and his wife took the day off from work to push me around in the wheelchair. They live in Arlington, it was a perfect 2 days!!

Thanks, Sincerely, Mildred (Millie) Evans.


“Dear Allen Bergeron,

I want to thank you, Tina and all the volunteers and donors who made Honor Flight so memorable for me. I will encourage all my friends to contribute so many more Veterans can enjoy this wonderful experience.

Isabelle Cook


“I am one of the very favored veterans of the second WW, who was included in the Oct 8, 2012 Honor Flight from Austin. I am still overwhelmed by the attention and pampering that I and the other 100 plus veterans received at the hands of your volunteer staff…This has been a…once-in-a-lifetime experience, a powerful reminder of America’s true exceptionality. I personally profited deeply from talking with so many other old soldiers and sailors…”


“I am writing to express my thanks for including me in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. I shall not forget the experience and shall cherish it for the remainder of my life. As a veteran coming home in 1946, almost a year after the war was over, I didn’t experience any fanfare or even a “thank for your service”, in fact no one met me at the train station. Perhaps, the trip to DC wil bring closure…as it has done for me. Thank you for providing me this experience and please thank my Guardians that worked so hard…”

Billy Bauder


“As a WWII Veteran, I want you to know just how much I appreciated the opportunity to travel on Southwest Airlines. Thank you for a well organized trip. I considered the total operations of this flight to be flawless…” Curtis Martel


MAYOR LEFFINGWELL WILL FLY TO HONOR AMERICA’S GREATEST GENERATION

Austin’s Mayor Leffingwell will fly with Honor Flight Austin to honor 50 World War II Veterans, October 9 and 10th.   

 AUSTIN, TX– 50 more local WWII Veterans are going on another mission; they are going to Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight Austin on October 9th and 10th, and the Mayor of Austin, Lee Leffingwell, will show his support for their service by joining them.  Mayor Leffingwell, a Vietnam Navy Veteran will also be speaking to the WWII Veterans in attendance and honoring the memory of those Veterans that could not be present.

Allen Bergeron, Chairman of Honor Flight Austin, emphasized the need to honor our World War II Veterans who are now in their 80’s and 90’s, “We want our veterans to see their national memorial and to know that their legacy will not be forgotten.” The 50 WWII veterans that are flying with Honor Flight Austin will be honored throughout the trip including a dinner where Mayor Leffingwell will speak.

The Veterans will start their trip with a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel at 8:00AM where they will be honored  by Mayor Leffingwell, supporters within their community and those still serving in our Armed Forces.  After the ceremony at the Hilton they will be transported to ABIA for their departure.  Their flight leaves at 12:25PM.  Once in Washington D.C. the Veterans will visit the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Many of the WWII Veterans will  fly not only for themselves but to pay tribute to those that were lost during the war.  Upon returning, the Veterans will again be honored by a welcome home from those who avidly support them at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday October 10th at 7:30PM in the baggage claim area.

Honor Flight Austin  is commited to sending every single veteran that is willing and able to get on a plane to visit their memorial. Honor flight’s philosophy is that since America felt it important to build a memorial to the service and ultimate sacrifice of her veterans, it is equally important that they actually get to visit and experience their memorial. .

Honor Flight Austin will continue to honor and reach out to those veterans living in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties to share their service with their local WWII Veterans. For more information and to support Honor Flight Austin visit: www.honorflightaustin.org