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Colorado Springs (Laura Carno Consulting)- Honor Flight of Southern Colorado will be taking its first flight on June 15th, 2012.  This comes one year from the time they became a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization.

Honor Flight of Southern Colorado transports World War II veterans to Washington D.C. so they can visit and reflect on the World War II Memorial.  Top priority was given to the most senior veterans and those who may be terminally ill.

They have scheduled a pre-flight luncheon and pre-flight send-off and are inviting the community’s participation.

The Pre-Flight Luncheon is scheduled for June 14th at 12:00 Noon, at The Academy Hotel, 8110 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs.  The cost is $10.00 per person, but free to WWII Veterans. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to attend the lunch.

The Send-Off the following morning is a celebration as the veterans are transferred from the hotel to the airport. Supporters should arrive at 5:15am on June 15th in the lobby of The Academy Hotel.

“Let’s show our appreciation for these amazing heroes.  Any and all guests are welcome,” said Lana Fore-Warkocz, Vice President of Honor Flight of Southern Colorado.  Fore-Warkocz’s father was also a World War II veteran.

Fore-Warkocz continued, “Honor Flight of Southern Colorado and the Honor Flight Network is our way of paying a small tribute to those who have sacrificed so much to fight for our freedoms.  This trip is a rewarding, safe and rewarding tour of honor.”

For more information, or to donate to Honor Flight of Southern Colorado, visit

Sunday morning, June 24th you can close out the SwingFest by doing a 5K walk/run known as the Little Brown Jug race through Riverside Park and its nature trail and finish up with a brunch at the U. S. History Military Museum featuring a presentation on Glenn Miller. Tickets are priced from $20 to $45 and available online at or by calling 970-768-6106.