FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) will celebrate its 33rd flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
Honor Flight #33 currently consists of a total of 87 veterans: 13 WWII veterans, 60 Korea veterans, 8 Cold War veterans and 6 Vietnam veterans. To date 2,371 veterans have been transported to Washington by Honor Flight Northeast Indiana to reflect upon the memorials built in their honor. Two families will be experiencing this once in a lifetime opportunity together.
Korea Navy veteran Robert Barton will be traveling with his two veteran sons, and veteran daughter. Scott Barton is a 20-year Navy veteran, John Barton is a 4-year Army veteran, and daughter Jenna Marie is a 3-year Air Force veteran. The Barton family will be escorted by another daughter, Shellee Goodrich who will serve as guardian for her dad and 3 siblings.
Additionally, a family of three Bandor brothers, Franklin, Daniel, and Randy, all Navy veterans, will be on the
Honor Flight. Daniel’s son, Michael Bandor, a 25-year Air Force veteran and Franklin’s son John Bandor, a 30-year Navy veteran will also be on the flight. Guardians for the veterans will be other family members.
After completing their military service in the Navy, the three Bandor brothers all served as officers in the Fort Wayne Police Department. Originally, there were 5 Bandor brothers, all who served in the Navy. Max and Roy have since passed away.
Veterans and volunteer guardians will gather at the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard at 5:30 a.m. with take-off projected to be at 7:40 a.m. Returning home, the community is encouraged to patriotically welcome the veterans in the Main Terminal of the Fort Wayne International Airport the evening of September 18.
Return time is tentative, but expected to be at approximately 9:00 p.m. More information regarding the public’s participation and return timing will be shared on the group’s Facebook page.