Operation HerStory is teaming up with Honor Flight Chicago (HFC), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) to create the first all-women senior veterans flight from Illinois to Washington, D.C., in the Fall of 2020. This one-day trip will give the veterans the opportunity to visit the war memorials built in their honor, including the Women in Military Service For America Memorial and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, while enjoying camaraderie and fellowship with other women veterans.
Operation HerStory honors women veterans and their service in the United States Armed Forces by making them visible and highlighting their vital contributions to our military during various eras of service. As an organization, we focus on bringing women veterans together to share their military service stories while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow sisters in arms.
Operation HerStory aims to ensure that every eligible Illinois woman veteran that served during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and periods in between 1940 – 1975, is invited on a trip to Washington, D.C. during her lifetime to tour the various war monuments and experience being honored for her service upon her return home. This one-day trip will include visits to the Women’s Memorial, WAC museum, and Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
Overview of the program
This one-day program set for October 7th 2020, would launch with an early morning flight out of Midway Airport in Chicago (MDW) to Washington, D.C., (IAD) on a chartered Southwest Airlines flight filled with women veterans. The day of honor could include a lunch or dinner at the Women in Military Service Memorial or the Women’s Vietnam Memorial, and a visit to the Army Women’s Museum. Our Heroes would return to Chicago Midway on an evening flight to be greeted at home by a crowd of friends, family, and community supporters. Welcome these women home for the heroes they are!