Honor Flight San Diego Gala

Honor Flight San Diego held its annual fundraising gala on March 7th at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel on behalf of their program to send Veterans from both WWII and Korea to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C. erected in honor of their service and sacrifice.

The evening was a resounding success with an enthusiastic gathering of Veterans and their supporters mingling during a festive cocktail reception, a sit down dinner, both silent and live auction opportunities and a video on the impact this program has on the Veterans and the communities that supports the cause.

Honor Flight's Mission:

Honor Flight San Diego (HFSD) is a non-profit branch of the nationwide Honor Flight Network which consists of over 130 independent “hubs” across America. HFSD escorts veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials using monies donated by individuals, foundations, associations, business owners and corporations who wish to recognize our veterans’ contributions and thank them for their service and sacrifice to the United States and its citizens.

Top priority for our trips is given to the most senior veterans, currently World War II and Korea War survivors, and to veterans who are terminally ill. Of all of the wars in recent memory, World War II truly threatened our very existence as a nation and as a culturally diverse and free society. With hundreds of World War II veterans passing away each day, the opportunity to express our sincere thanks to these brave men and women is running out. 

Our Korea War veterans were called to serve just five short years after our WWII veterans in what is called “The Forgotten War.” The time for honoring these men and women is growing short as well. 

We say thank you to all of our veterans and extend a special thanks to our most senior veterans for their dedication and commitment to protecting the freedoms enjoyed by so many here in the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America.

We invite our veterans to join us on your “Tour of Honor” and we hope everyone else can provide a donation that will help support these memorable trips.


David A. Smith
Founder, Honor Flight San Diego

Photography by Gilda Adler