LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Co-President of Greater Lafayette Honor Flight Pamela Mow announced 2018 to be the last season for honor flights. Mayors John Dennis and Tony Roswarski accompanied Mow during the announcement.
Mow fought back tears during Tuesday's announcement.
She says they've been contemplating the decision for the past 18 months.
Finances have become an issue, Mow says it costs $100,000 per flight for the airplane.
From the first honor flight in April of 2012, there has been a total of three flights per year.
By the end of this season there will be a total of 22 flights taken and an additional fourth flight is being added.
Mow says being a part of this has helped her grieve the loss of her son, who died serving our country.
"But I have to tell you this is what's kept me going. Not that I won't continue to go on, but it's been a part of my journey in grief," Mow said.
After the final flights, all waitlisted veterans will have their applications sent to their nearest honor flight hub through the honor flight network.
All remaining donations from the Greater Lafayette hub will be sent to the honor flight network.
Since the program began, they have so far taken 18 trips with 669 WWII veterans, 445 Korean War veterans, and 422 Vietnam veterans.
There are four flights remaining this year. The dates for the flights are:
-Tuesday, April 17
-Tuesday, May 8
-Tuesday, September 11
-Tuesday, October 16