Welcome to Honor Flight of Southern Colorado - Our Mission
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's WWII Veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior Veterans- World War II Veterans, along with those who may be terminally ill. Our current focus will remain on World War II veterans and those veterans from any war who have a terminal illness. However, our vision goes beyond World War II. In the future, Honor Flight of Southern Colorado will also pay tribute to America's other heroes who served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, followed by veterans of more current wars. They, too, have given so much and it's time we show them that their efforts are not forgotten.
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Calling all Denver Bronco Football Fans!
December 5, 2013 Contact: Lana Fore-Warkocz
For Immediate Release
HONOR HANDS & HONOR FLIGHT OF SOUTHERN COLORADO TO AUCTION HAND CASTINGS OF DENVER BRONCOS PLAYERS
Fundraiser to Fund Colorado Veterans Group Journeying to Washington D.C.
Colorado Springs, CO (December 5, 2013) – Honor Hands, an organization that designs products and processes for creating lifelike hand molds to commemorate and honor those who have served our country, is proud to announce a fundraiser for Honor Flight of Southern Colorado. Honor Hands is joining with Honor Flight of Southern Colorado to auction off the hand-casts of members of the Denver Broncos. With the assistance of former Denver Bronco and Ring of Famer, Randy Gradishar, Cindy Kellogg from the Denver Broncos and Jay Cimino, of the Phil Long dealerships, Honor Hands was able to cast the hands and acquire personally signed footballs to accompany them, of 5 of the current Denver Broncos: Matt Prater # 5, Knowshon Moreno # 27, Von Miller # 58, Mitch Unrein #96, Kevin Vickerson # 99, and two special hand casts from Ring of Famer Randy Gradishar #53 himself.
Jerry Vinnola of Honor Hands said, “The Honor Hands owners; Jerry Vinnola and Chet Karlowski, would like to thank the Denver Broncos organization for their contribution as well as these very gracious men for their willingness to donate their time and effort toward this extraordinary fundraiser.
After the Honor Hands staff finishes the donated hand castings, they will be auctioned to the highest bidder. They will all be placed on a handmade and autographed-base along with an autographed Denver Bronco football held in their hands. Each hand casting/football set will have a letter of authenticity included.
The casts and signed footballs will be auctioned on Ebay for 7 days. Interested people will need to be watching Ebay for the items under the heading Denver Bronco Hand casts/Signed Footballs.
Vinnola continued, “We at Honor Hands have donated all of our time and the kits to do honor these Veterans through Honor Flight of Southern Colorado which is a non-profit an organization created solely to honor America's Veterans for all their sacrifices, launched with the intent of transporting our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. All of the money earned will make it possible to help a WWII veteran share in an Honor Flight. Honor Flight of Southern Colorado currently has 40 of these amazing folks cleared to fly. It takes $950.00 per vet so it will take approximately $40k to do this job! We have no way of knowing what these hands and footballs; one of a kind works of art will bring. We believe they will greatly assist with the Honor Flight of Southern Colorado efforts. These young professional athletes have demonstrated a great generous heart. In this gracious act of kindness, they will in turn bring recognition to not only to themselves but to the NFL as well. This is an example of the people of Colorado working together with the Denver Broncos for the greater good of the WWII veterans in our state.”
For more info on Honor Hands, please contact Jerry Vinnola at 719-275-3170 or 719-429-2779 or find them online at www.HonorHands.com.
More info on Honor Flight of Southern Colorado: Please contact: Lana Fore-Warkocz at 719-287-8890.
The E-Bay auction will begin at 12:01 AM on Monday the 16th and run until midnight Sunday the 22nd. The hands & footballs will go as a set. Each cast is unique, the molds were destroyed after the casting. Randy did two separate casts, so even his are one-of-a-kind.
Pictures from our 4th Honor Flight are available here: PICTURES
We'd like to take a moment to remember one of our own who passed away recently, our thoughts are with his family.
Raymond (Moe) Brown (3.23.27-11.06.13)
Moe entered the Navy in 1945. He signed up for the duration of the War plus 6 months. He was a Seaman 2nd Class. Moe spent his service at the Memphis Naval Base where he started out as a mess cook serving food to prisoners and sailors in two lines up to 400 per line per meal! One day a Petty Officer 2nd Class came in and asked if anyone could type. Moe said yes, a little worried about what he got himself into. But it was a good thing; he went from Mess Cook to Storekeeper and managed a warehouse all because he said he could type! Moe left the Navy in 1946.
Merciful God hear our anxious prayer
For those who served, both near or far,
Let them know this Honor Flight for all concerned
Was a Tribute each person truly earned.
By Ruth Gardels in Norfolk, Nebraska.
For some background history on Honor Flight visit our national website: www.honorflight.org