Each year the Run4Greeley selects a local charity to benefit from our race proceeds. We are proud to announce that this year’s recipient will be the

 Honor Flight Northern Colorado.                                                 

                                                                                                      

The History of Honor Flight

The inaugural Honor Flight Tour took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking twelve World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, DC. In August of 2005, an ever-expanding waiting list of veterans led to the transition to commercial airline carriers with the goal of accommodating as many veterans as possible. Earl Morse, the true “founder” of the Honor Flight concept, soon encouraged others to start getting WWII Vets back to see their memorials, and he soon established the Honor Flight Network base. There were “hubs” starting up along the Eastern coasts and Earl’s “dream” was coming true. His concept was to concentrate on getting WWII Veterans back to D.C., but once their numbers started waning, Korean Vets would be given the opportunity, and then Vietnam Vets.

 Honor Flight Northern Colorado (HFNC)

In early 2008, a group of Veterans in Northern Colorado got inspired, and with the help of Earl Morse, they started plans—as the first “true hub” west of the Mississippi—to prepare for a flight that would ultimately take almost 250 WWII Vets, with almost 100 “guardians”, as escorts, back to D.C. on their inaugural flight. Thus, HFNC was founded, and in May of 2017, their 18th flight will launch, with what has become the normal “load” of 123 Vets and 63 guardians. Through 2016 HFNC has taken 2,165 Vets to Washington, with 1,172 being WWII Veterans. Since it costs about $1,000 each for the Veteran passengers, then that means at least $125,000 must come from donations. Twice a year, the Board of HFNC is continually amazed at the generosity of our citizens, and over 2,000 Veterans now know that people really do care about the sacrifices they have made. With its long, local history, contributions from the Greeley 4th of July race have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. By contributing to the Run4Greeley, you are providing financial support, not just for a few families, but for all of Greeley as well. Let’s continue to support our local community together.

With its long, local history, contributions from the Greeley 4th of July race have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.  By contributing to the Run4Greeley, you are providing financial support, not just for a few families, but for all of Greeley as well.  Let’s continue to support our local community together.

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