Veterans from World II and beyond visit the memorials dedicated to their sacrifice, thanks to Honor Flight Syracuse.
Honor Flight Syracuse
benefits from June 9 race
SYRACUSE, May 19, 2015 - Honor Flight Syracuse will be front and center on Tuesday, June 9 as the beneficiary for the 33rd running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Syracuse.
Honor Flight Syracuse has embarked on an ambitious mission to transport veterans from World War II and beyond to Washington, DC at no cost to them, to visit the memorials dedicated to their honor and sacrifice. The current focus is veterans from WWII, the Korean War, and any veteran from any conflict with a terminal illness. The fifth and most recent mission was held April 25, 2015 and transported 81 veterans - average age 91 - to our nation's capital.
"Nationally, over 100,000 veterans have traveled to Washington, DC by one of 137 Honor Flight networks in the US," said John Paddock, RADM, USN (Ret), vice president of the board for Honor Flight Syracuse. "We are dedicated to giving our veterans the honor they have so earned. This organization is entirely volunteer driven so we can provide the veterans a completely free trip to visit the memorials, and share memories with other veterans. We can provide this experience thanks to the support of the Central NY community and we are so appreciative of J.P. Morgan Chase for the opportunity to benefit from the Corporate Challenge."
Mission 6 is set for October 3, 2015. Veterans travel from Syracuse Airport on a chartered flight to Washington, DC. A police escort allows the four buses to travel easily from the World War II memorial, to the Korean and Vietnam Memorials, past the Iwo Jima Memorial and onto a special seating at Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guards. Veterans return to hundreds of family and friends welcoming them home to Syracuse Airport.
Charitable giving is an important component of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series, with J.P. Morgan making locally-designated donations at each event. Approximately $2M total has been donated to not-for-profit organizations in Corporate Challenge markets over the past three Series years.
Registration for the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Syracuse closes on Tuesday, May 26. Please visit our Event Details page for other key information and deadlines.