Central Valley Honor Flight #14

Central Valley Honor Flight #14 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with Arlington National Cemetery in the background (Photo courtesy Allison Hopkins)

UPDATE: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - The Central Valley Honor Flight returned to Fresno Wednesday evening to a packed Welcome Home procession at Fresno Yosemite International airport.


Monday, October 9, 2017 - The 14th Central Valley Honor Flight left Fresno Yosemite International Monday morning, on their way to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor.

The plane was filled with 70 veterans from WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Wars, plus their volunteer handlers and support staff.

The plane landed in Baltimore just after 2:00 p.m. and was greeted on the tarmac with a water canon salute.

The group will meet for a BBQ dinner at American Legion Post 276 in Maryland before checking into their hotel for the night.

On Tuesday, the veterans will visit the US Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima), WWII Memorial, Navy Memorial, Smithsonian's Museum of American History, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials as well as driving by the White House and Capitol Building.

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This is Central Valley Honor Flight’s 14th Flight since forming in 2013.

The all-volunteer non-profit funds the flights and travel logistics for veterans through private and corporate donations.

This October’s flight was partially funded by a sizeable $28,000 donation made by Food 4 Less – essentially paying for 18 veterans to join the trip.

The $28,000 check was presented by Food 4 Less to Central Valley Honor Flight during Monday’s send-off event.

For more information about Central Valley Honor Flight, please visit

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