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Oklahoma Honor Flights recognizes veterans for their service

May 17, 2010, marked the inaugural trip of the Oklahoma Honor Flights chapter to Washington, D.C. The Oct. 12 trip was the third of 2011 and the fifth flight overall for Oklahoma Honor Flights, a nonprofit organization created solely to honor Oklahoma's veterans for their sacrifices.
by Bryan Painter Published: October 16, 2011
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/articleid/3613851/1/pictures/1536785">Photo - Seen from the bus window, a member of the Honor Flight Network's Baltimore Ground Crew waves a flag for WWII veterans from Oklahoma as they pull away from Baltimore Washington International Airport in Baltimore Maryland on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Veterans from WWII visited memorials in Washington D.C. and Virginia during an Oklahoma Honor Flight on Wednesday. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Seen from the bus window, a member of the Honor Flight Network's Baltimore Ground Crew waves a flag for WWII veterans from Oklahoma as they pull away from Baltimore Washington International Airport in Baltimore Maryland on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Veterans from WWII visited memorials in Washington D.C. and Virginia during an Oklahoma Honor Flight on Wednesday. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

In early November of that year, Henry announced during a state Capitol news conference that Oklahoma had become an official state hub of Honor Flight Network Inc., a national nonprofit organization that raises money to organize and finance trips.

And May 17, 2010, marked the inaugural trip of the Oklahoma Honor Flights chapter to Washington. The second trip was taken in October 2010.

The Oct. 12 trip was the third of 2011 and the fifth flight overall for Oklahoma Honor Flights, a nonprofit organization created solely to honor Oklahoma's veterans for their sacrifices.

Banz continues to work tirelessly with Oklahoma Honor Flights along with others, including his wife, Linda Banz.

With this, the fifth flight, 502 veterans have traveled with the Oklahoma Honor Flights hub.

There currently are more than 360 veterans on the waiting list, Banz said.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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