Mow said 700 veterans of World War II die every day.
“They’re the greatest generation and deserve to be honored,” she said. “Veterans in our society are not respected and honored.”
There have been several flights from Lafayette in a chartered plane with the next ones scheduled for June 24 and Sept. 9. Mow said each veteran is accompanied by a guardian, in most cases family members.
“It’s a program that’s such a positive thing,” she said. “The Honor Flights bring a little joy to my life.”
The veterans visit the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Veterans and Iwo Jima monuments and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
“It’s a day of honor,” Mow said. “Our goal is to make them feel honored. For many of the guardians it’s the best day they spend with their father or mother.”
Mow said the Lafayette hub is now flying Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. She hopes to include Vietnam veterans in the future.
“We want to honor veterans of all wars,” she said.
Mow said approximately 60 World War II veterans from Howard County have made the flight, but she knows there are many more.
“We want them to experience the day of honor,” she said.
The guardian’s role is to take care of the veterans and to ensure they have the best day possible.
Mow said each flight costs an estimated $65,000. The veterans fly free and their guardians pay $400.
Applications for veterans, guardians and volunteers are available at lafayettegoldstarmothers.org.