Monday, September 24, 2018
The Nebraska Female Veterans Flight is for those female veterans who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Iraq or Afghanistan. It honors the special sacrifices women have made for this country and will give them the Thanks and Welcome Home that most never received. If you're a female veteran from Nebraska, we encourage you to apply for this special event!
Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore
The Vietnam Combat Veterans Flights took nearly 1,200 Vietnam Veterans to see their Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thousands attended their return at the airport to give them the Welcome Home that so few received all those years ago. The May 2017 flight was the largest group of Vietnam Veterans from one state to ever visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
October 23, 2016
On this special occasion, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans from previous flights and their families were reunited for a day of camaraderie and remembrance. The event raised more than $20,000 to kick off fundraising for the National Remembering Our Fallen Memorial. Special thanks to Embassy Suites and Renze Display Company for making it possible!
November 7, 2015
It's time we say thank you to Gold Star children and their families…the Silent Heroes who have sacrificed so much.
The Gold Star Kids Flight included 65 children who lost a parent in the war, as well as their surviving parent. A pre-flight event the evening before included a catered dinner and activities for the children while their mothers received massages and manicures. The children also received special hand-made quilts and their mothers received bathrobes and slippers. The next morning, they flew a 737 from Omaha to Lincoln; hundreds of Americans came to both airports to thank and welcome them, warming the hearts of all.
The children placed a red rose near the photo of their parent on the “Remembering Our Fallen” memorial during a brief ceremony on the UNL campus. Governor Pete Ricketts welcomed the children and their mothers into the Governor’s Mansion and took pictures with each of them. Before the game, the children took time to write beautiful notes that were attached to a gold balloon that would be launched after the National Anthem inside Memorial Stadium.
The University of Nebraska donated tickets to the Nebraska v. Michigan State football game and made it possible for the family members to sit together in a very special area. To the delight of the Gold Star Kids, Nebraska won the game in the last minute - something they will long remember.
October 2013 - March 2014
Nearly 600 Korean War Veterans were flown to Washington D.C. to view their Korean War Memorial, and to thank them for their service in the "Forgotten War." Thanks to the Theodore F. and Claire M. Hubbard Foundation for their generous gift of $200,000, and $90,000 from an anonymous donor, to help sponsor these flights.
Heartland Honor Flights
May 2008 - April 2009
The Heartland Honor Flights took 1,491 Nebraska World War II veterans to see their national World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. over the course of seven flights, thanks to the countless efforts of the many volunteers and the donations from so many, which raised $1,200,000. The most substantial donor was the Peter Kiewit Foundation, which donated $365,000.
While the veterans were gone for the day in Washington D.C., many of their wives would enjoy their time “On the Home Front,” hosted by volunteers, which would include lunch and visits to area museums or places of interest. The highlight for many was the evening pizza dinner, at which many shared their own experiences during the war years.
It was truly an experience of a lifetime for everyone involved and an opportunity to say Thank You to these remarkable men and women of The Greatest Generation.
May 21, 2008 102 Veterans
July 8, 2008 120 Veterans
September 16, 2008 248 Veterans
October 22, 2008 139 Veterans
November 19, 2008 142 Veterans
April 23, 2009 374 Veterans
April 24, 2009 366 Veterans