Pence honors veterans for National Military Appreciation Month

Honor Flight Network provides transportation to D.C. for thousands of veterans each year

Jonathan Ernst—Reuters
Vice President Mike Pence

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vice President Mike Pence spoke to veterans at the White House Monday, thanking them for their service during a speech as part of National Military Appreciation Month.”It’s deeply humbling for me to be here today with all the guardians who gathered here, with members of Honor Flight Northern Colorado,” Pence said.The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit group that pays for their transportation to the nation’s capital for veterans to visit their war memorials. Most on this trip were veterans of World War II and the Korean War.More than 120 veterans traveled to Washington, D.C., for the opportunity to visit national sites and be honored at the White House.”You are all patriots of the highest order,” Pence told the assembled group. “You stood up, you stepped forward to protect our nation and the values that we hold dear. More than 20,000 veterans were provided transportation to D.C. by the group in 2016, and 45 states across the country provide 131 Honor Flight hubs to veterans, Honor Flight Network’s website said.On Sept. 24, 2007, Hendersonville, N.C., and Henderson County became the country’s first city and county to fly 100 percent of their World War II veterans to their memorials.