Honor Flight plans for 36th trip

Honor Flight NorthEast Indiana (Courtesy: Northeastern REMC)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) is slated to celebrate its 36th flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

The May 25th Honor Flight currently consists of a total of 86 veterans: 3 WWII veterans, 13 Korean War veterans, 45 Cold War veterans and 17 Vietnam War veterans. An additional 8 veterans who served in Afghanistan, Desert Storm (or various eras) are also included. Of these veterans, 35 served in more than one era.

To date, 2,618 veterans have been transported to Washington by Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, to reflect upon the memorials built in their honor.

Honor Flight released the following:

Veteran families traveling together to Washington include:

Air Force veterans Darryl Smith, and his Air Force veteran wife, Joyce Smith, along with their daughter, Amanda Asbury, M.D., active duty Air Force Medical Officer.

Three veteran brothers, Army veteran Stephen Batchelder, Army veteran John Batchelder, and Marine veteran Larry Batchelder. Also, Navy veteran Laura Clauser, daughter of Stephen Batchelder, will be on the Honor Flight. And, Angela Murphy, daughter of Stephen Batchelder will be serving as guardian for her dad, two uncles, and her sister, Laura Clauser.

Air Force veteran Robert Young and his Air Force veteran son, Rory Young, will be on the Honor Flight.

Due to construction at the airport, no welcome home festivities are permitted.

Energy Control Insulation is the Full-Flight Sponsor for Flight #36. David & Janet Bell are proud owners of Energy Control. Both served during Vietnam. David Bell was an enlisted Marine who was wounded in Vietnam and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Janet Bell served 26 years between the Air Force and the Indiana Air National Guard and rose to the rank of Colonel. She was the highest ranking female JAG officer in the ANG at the time of her military retirement.