All Hands On Deck for Talons Out Honor Flight


This is an event that will prove to be inspirational, informative and educational.  Talons Out Honor Flight requests your presence at the Homecoming Celebration for over 110 World War II veterans on May 16, 2015! Talons Out is the Southwest Michigan hub of the National Honor Flight Network who recognizes the sacrifices and achievements of these veterans by flying them to Washington D.C. for a day at absolutely no cost. While in D.C. these servicemen and women will visit the National World War II Memorial as well as several events scheduled to honor their service.

“We are losing close to 900 WWII veterans each day, “explains Talons Out President Bobbie Bradley, “There are fewer than 2 million alive today.” Each veteran deserves to see the elegant memorial raised to honor those who gave so much for our country. Bradley describes the flight as their “final mission.”

The veterans and their guardians will be leaving out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport at 7:00 a.m.  Saturday morning. After a whirlwind of activity in D.C., the flight will land back in Grand Rapids around 8:30 that evening and have a heartwarming patriotic escort to East Kentwood High School. That’s where you come in!

“Everything we do from start to finish is to honor the veterans,” states Jamey Matheny, Flight Day Coordinator. “We would like not only family and friends, but the whole community to come out and show these men and women our gratitude.”

There will be food, entertainment, and an opportunity to make posters to greet the veterans as they roll in.  Come out to East Kentwood field house after 7 p.m. to cheer them on, shake a hand or two, and thank them for their service! It promises to be a day the veterans will remember for the rest of their lives!

“Volunteers are welcome and we want to hear from you if you or your group would be interested in honoring our heroes, “stresses Matheny.  For him and the whole Talons Out crew

Every day is Veteran’s Day!

For more information go to the organization’s website:

If you know of a veteran who would like to attend a future Honor Flight, the next scheduled mission is September 26, 2015.

World War 2