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rotary honor flight logoThrough the Rotary Club of Eureka 501(c)(3), the North Coast Honor Flight is an organization that is devoted to paying a small tribute to those who gave so much: a memorable, safe and rewarding TOUR OF HONOR, taking our veterans back to Washington DC to see the memorials that were created in their honor. Today, we have taken back 315 veterans.

Our goal: helping every single World War II and Korean war veteran, willing and able, to get on a plane to Washington DC to visit THEIR Memorial.

Of all the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation and as a culturally diverse, free society. Now with some 1,000 World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our heartfelt thanks to these brave men and women is running out. It is also beginning to run out for those who served in the Korean War. North Coast Honor Flight is doing whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans. Most importantly, our heroes travel absolutely free.

Our first flight was in 2011 when we took 37 veterans back to Washington. To date we have had seven flights, and taken more than 315 veterans to Washington DC.

It costs over $1,000 to transport, house and feed each veteran. To date we have raised a little over $300,000 for this effort.

rotary honor flight trip

Our mission statement is quite simple: transport America’s World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

Philosophy: Since America felt it was important to build a memorial to the service and ultimate sacrifice of her veterans, North Coast Honor Flight believes it equally important that they actually get to visit and experience THEIR Memorial.

How can you help? Help us find a World War II or Korean War veteran, so we can get an application to them. Support our mission with your donation. North Coast Honor Flight works under the umbrella of the Eureka Rotary Club’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and receives NO government funding. It relies entirely on individual, corporate and organizational donations. You can sign up to be a guardian and help a veteran on his or her trip. All guardians pay their own way and their expenses are tax deductible.

For more information, please call 707–443-1234 x309.
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to:
North Coast Honor Flight
710 E. St., Suite 100, Eureka, CA 95501

World War II Veterans comments on our last Honor Flight movement:
Marine Jack Foster, 84, of Willow Creek  –  “For the rest of our lives, it’s something we’ll never forget; I think every one of us had tears in our eyes. One of the most moving parts of this trip east was seeing the part of the monument engraved with the names of the fallen.” The veteran said he also was moved by the Wall of Stars, where 4,048 gold stars stand etched into a wall, each representing 100 Americans killed in the war. “Our freedoms are not free,” he said. “They cost a lot of lives.”

Don Sundquist – “This was the trip of a lifetime to visit and reflect on the memorials. Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation. A special thank you to Kathrin Burleson and her helpers, because if it weren’t for her I wouldn’t have had such an opportunity. I would also like to thank the Cher-Ae Heights Casino for their bus and driver as well as Renner Petroleum for the fuel. I also want to recognize and thank my two schoolmates Art Chase and Jack Foster. We joined together at the age of 17. This was an exciting trip to share with you both. Last, but not least, I want to thank the local law enforcement for the escort down to the Adorni Center and the wonderful reception from the Eureka High School band.”

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