We were so very honored to have Anthony Allred join us on our 25th Honor Flight Mission. Anthony masterfully captured the essence on our objectives:

Welcome Home Mission 25!

Honor Flight of West Central Florida Mission 25

Fox 13 features Veterans Honored with trip to Washington.


In Washington

Onto Washington, D.C.

On board with Mission 25

Welcome Home Mission 25!

Welcome Home Mission 25!

Support Mission 25

Wear your red, white and blue, bring flags, posters, etc. Let these vets know how much they are appreciated.

When: April 26th
Where: St Pete-Clearwater International Airport Baggage Claim
Time: Flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 p.m.
Please arrive at 8:00 p.m. to get in place (or sooner if you have any setup to do).

Next 2016 Honor Flights to Washington

Four flights are planned for 2016. The next flights to Washington, D.C. are:


Mission 25 – Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (orientation is Saturday, April 23, 2016)

Mission 26
  – Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (orientation is Saturday, June 4, 2016)


Countdown to Mission 26:

33Days 05Hours 11Minutes 45Seconds

If you are a Veteran and interested in joining us on an upcoming mission, please complete and submit your application.

If you are interested in becoming a guardian and sharing in the experience of a lifetime, please complete and submit your application.


Thank you to everyone who has supported our Honor Flight Missions in 2015. Your dedication to our Nation’s heroes is to be commended.

See Mission videos and photos on our Honor Flight of West Central Florida Facebook page!

  • Veterans Flown: 1,806 to their Memorials in Washington D.C. 
  • Flights completed: 24
  • Veterans Honored at Home: 88 Veterans
  • Years of service: 4
  • In 2011, our inaugural year, with significant support from corporate sponsors and individual donors, we completed four Honor Flights.
  • In 2012 we completed four, in 2013 completed seven and in 2014 we completed four.
  • In 2015, we completed five flights.

With an estimated 32,000 War-era Veterans living in the West Central Florida area, we have a huge challenge. We need continued support from grateful Americans like yourselves, and the generous participation of area corporations to honor these War-Era Veterans with a tour to D.C. in the manner they deserve.

To continue our flights, your donations are key! Also, if you have time to volunteer, HFWCF can use your help. Your energy helps the thousands of local Veterans enjoy their Honor Flight.

PRIORITY – Top priority is given to War-era Veterans and terminally ill Veterans that have not yet visited their memorial.

PLEASE NOTE: We schedule our veterans first in and first out. We currently have over 300 War-era Veterans on our waiting list. Once flown, we will begin to fly our Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam Veterans and continue in chronological order of conflict. They all have given so much and it is time we show them that their efforts are not forgotten.
 Please consider donating, volunteering, and/or accompanying a Veteran to D.C. as their Guardian. It will be a lifetime memory for you.


  1. Shirley Gray's Gravatar Shirley Gray
    February 26, 2016    

    My father, 4 uncles and my grandfather were WWII veterans, as well as my brother being a Viet Nam Veteran. I would like to volunteer to be an escort for a Veteran if there is a need. I live in Largo, FL and am available at any time. Please feel free to contact me at my email address. Thank you for your service to our Country and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Shirley Gray

    • Dave Howard's Gravatar Dave Howard
      March 11, 2016    

      I received your request to be a guardian for one of our Honor Flights. Please call Barbara Mills at 352-422-6236. Also, please print a guardian application and mail it to the address listed. The application can be found under: Apply for a Flight. Thanks

  2. Shannon Silva's Gravatar Shannon Silva
    March 21, 2016    

    I was at the air show Sunday March 20th at the Mac Dill airforce base, where I was invited to join the Honor Flight. My Uncle and Step father are both veterans, not of world war II but never the less I think the Honor flight is an amazing program. If you need a volunteer to help assist one of these wonderful heros, please let me know. Thank you so much.

    • Barb Howard's Gravatar Barb Howard
      April 20, 2016    

      Please go to http://www.honorflightwcf.org and fill out a volunteer and/or guardian application. You’ll find them at the top right corner of the website at the Apply for a Flight button. Looking forward to working with you.

  3. Ralph R. Knapp's Gravatar Ralph R. Knapp
    April 1, 2016    

    To whom it may concern:
    Please let know about your volunteer program.
    I feel very strong about this program and the work being done.

  4. Tracy Biediger's Gravatar Tracy Biediger
    April 10, 2016    

    My stepfather is a 92 yr old WW II vet living in Punta Gorda. I would like to help him apply for an Honor Flight but do not see a link for your application.
    I first found your site a few yrs ago but did not pursue the application because it sounded as though there were no more flights planned at that time.

    Thank you!

    • Bev Frey's Gravatar Bev Frey
      May 4, 2016    

      Tracy, thank you for your note. Honor Flight of West Central Florida flies from St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport and if this is convenient for you and your step-father, we would be happy to have him fly with us. If not, please go to Honor Flight Network and click on the link to HUBS to see if there is hub that would be closer to him.
      Our goal is to reach out and fly as many Veterans as we can!

  5. David Herrington's Gravatar David Herrington
    April 11, 2016    

    I submitted an application to be an escort for an Honor Flight and have not been notified of anything. I am a member of VFW Post 12055 in Bradenton Florida

  6. Stephanie Knepper's Gravatar Stephanie Knepper
    April 17, 2016    

    Please explain what you need–besides a donation, I didn’t quite understand what you would like for volunteers to do! Thx

  7. Tonie Waters's Gravatar Tonie Waters
    April 26, 2016    

    To all of our veterans, we thank you for your service! Without the bravery of so many and very sad to say, many who are no longer with us, we wouldn’t have our freedom. We owe you so much!

  8. Ken Pereira's Gravatar Ken Pereira
    April 27, 2016    

    4 years ago I tried to get my dad to go on an honor flight. He would not do it without my mother going with him. This year my daughter asked him to go. As she puts it she won! She spent the day with her grandfather and they had a blast. She now has a memory that will last a lifetime. Thank you.

    • Shayla's Gravatar Shayla
      April 28, 2016    

      Hi Ken,
      I believe I had a chance to speak with your grand daughter and dad before their trip! I hope they had a great time, I enjoyed speaking with them! I’ve only been in Florida a couple of years, but your dad gave me the whole run down of the talent at Fox 13 over the years! We appreciate him watching! Tell them both I said hello! Have a wonderful day!- Shayla Reaves, Fox 13 reporter.

    • Bev Frey's Gravatar Bev Frey
      May 4, 2016    

      So happy that the trip was memorable and that grand dad agreed to go!
      Spread the word to family and friends about Honor Flight!

  9. Barbara Moler's Gravatar Barbara Moler
    April 30, 2016    

    I went as a guardian 4/26/16 and was humbled by the WONDERFUL vets. However, I left my camera on plane and has not shown up at ‘lost & found’ and am sick about it. My vet, Dave Meyers, from Port Richey, does not have a computer, so cannot forward any pictures others have sent me — trying to contact Channel 8 to get a CD, so someone can play for him. Last picture I took on plane of Dave opening up letter from Granddaughter. MISSING IN ACTION: Red Fujitsu camera in red case! call 727-734-3331 Barbara Moler

  10. May 2, 2016    

    My father in law Ray Voelkl was born on Novenber 4, 1928 and was a Navy man. He would love to be on honor flight and we will be glad to share some of the expenses. He olives in Sarasota, Florida. I can be reached at 585 330 1000 I.C.Shah

  11. May 3, 2016    

    would like to be on your next flight with wife who spent 18 months in germany with me. tks

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