MIDLAND, Texas — The National Mall in Washington, D.C. is surrounded by monuments we have built in tribute to our greatest Americans. The National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial represent the sacrifices made by the greatest generation, our grandparents, great grandparents and all the other individuals who served so that we can live freely and enjoy the opportunities that their sacrifices afford us.

However, many local veterans of these past wars have never been given the opportunity to see the memorials honoring their very service. Washington, D.C. may only be fifteen hundred miles away, but seems inaccessible to many veterans.

The Honor Flight organization attempts to close this gap and to help to repay even a modicum of the debt we owe our veterans by paying homage to their sacrifice and patriotism. 

The flights, which started in 2014, are trips that take the veterans and their guardians to visit the memorials in the nation’s capital. The trip comes at no cost to the veterans and funds are raised by the Permian Basin Honor Flight through fundraisers and raffles.

On May 15, the Permian Basin Honor Flight will hold their send off rally to welcome the local veterans and their families that will be making the flight and trip to Washington this year.

The glorious event for our veterans will take place at the MCM Grand FunDome, located at 6201 E. Business 20 in Odessa. The event will kick off at 5:30PM, doors will open at 5PM.

Many fun events will take place at the pre-flight send-off including an official check-in of the veterans, silent and live auctions, formal reception, music and dinner as well as a flight briefing. The event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are requested: info@permianhonorflight.org or 432-803-0542.

Veterans whose military uniform still fits are encouraged to attend in uniform.