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Your day with Honor Flight Chicago will be a long and emotional, yet exhilarating one. To prepare yourself for the big day, be sure to get lots of rest and plenty of nourishment, especially fluids, during the days leading up to your flight.

Trip itineraries vary, but here is an idea of a “typical” Honor Flight day:


You’ll arrive at Midway Airport for check-in at approximately 4:30 a.m. This early arrival allows time for checking in, meeting up with your Guardian for the day, processing through TSA security and enjoying a light breakfast at the gate before boarding the flight. Upon arrival at Washington Dulles Airport, we will board deluxe chartered motor coaches and head toward our first stop.

The highlight of every trip is a visit to the World War II Memorial where you will have ample time to marvel at its beauty and symbolism, explore the site—and simply sit and remember those who were left behind. There are ample opportunities to take pictures to remind you of the visit.

In addition to the WWII Memorial, there are many other locations in the Washington area we would like to visit, but time limits the number we can go to. These vary from trip to trip, but may include some of the following: Air and Space Museum at Chantilly, VA (where the Enola Gay and other WWII aircraft can be seen), Iwo Jima Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, or the Korean and Vietnam Memorials. After visiting the memorials, we will head to the airport for our flight home.

Note: Our pre-flight screening is designed to help us assess your individual needs so that we may make sure your day with us is happy, safe and memorable—for all the right reasons. When you fill out your application, please provide us with the most complete information possible so that we may ensure your personal comfort and safety. We will provide a wheelchair for every veteran on the trip. If supplementary oxygen is required in order to travel, we will help make arrangements. In addition to meals, we will have water and snacks available throughout the day.
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