Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight
MGCHF is a nonprofit program sponsored in partnership with Kiwanis Division 14 Foundation. Contributions to MGC Honor Flight program will be received and administered by the Kiwanis Foundation, whose 501(c)(3) EIN is 20-2225748. Donors should consult their tax advisor about financial benefits of a donation.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight encourages young people to get involved with the veterans
* Area school children throughout the Coast write personal letters to each of the veterans that we give out during "Mail Call" on the flight home.
*Mary Beth Kinsey, a senior at Pascagoula High School, was named our first Junior Guardian after winning the "Salute to Freedom" award at The National WWII Museum - representing the state of Mississippi.
* MGCHF has a JUNIOR GUARDIAN PROGRAM and chose four high school students to go on our April 23 flight. CLICK HERE
* At our homecomings, hundreds of kids and teenagers are there with their families, Scout troops, teams, schools, marching bands, choral groups, cheerleaders and ROTC units cheering for the heroes.
* Local school students have raised thousands of dollars for MGCHF.
*The students from The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center have performed at all five of our homecomings.
Involvement With Young People
Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight has been active in the community
* MGCHF has been recognized for our work with WWII veterans at the Shipbuilders Members Association Annual Charity Ball, the Krewe of Isis Mardi Gras Ball and the Pascagoula VFW Carnival Ball.
* The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center dedicated their 2013 annual show "Dreams" at the Beau Rivage to MS Gulf Coast Honor Flight. Our Board Members were introduced and congratulated for five successful Honor Flights.
* Congressman Steven Palazzo spoke about MGCHF on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and in speeches at Veterans Day programs and the Marine Corps League's Mississippi State Convention.
* MGCHF has had booths set up at the Keesler AFB Air Show and Cruisin' the Coast in Biloxi, Jackson County Fair and Zonta Arts & Crafts Festival in Pascagoula, Praise in the Park in Lucedale, Gautier High School Veterans Day Breakfast, Bunko Fundraisers and our Homecomings.
* MGCHF held public information meetings in Gulfport, Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gautier and Diamondhead.
*MGCHF hosted a one night screening of the movie "Honor Flight - One Last Mission" at the D'Iberville Grand Theatres.
Veteran Emmitt Simmons sings "God Bless America"
with the St. Martin Upper Elementary School choir.
Over 3000 people greeted our WWII veterans home from Washington, DC at The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
* At our 2011 Reunion Celebration, the St. Martin Upper Elementary School choir sang patriotic songs. At our 2012 Reunion, WINGS Performing Arts entertained the veterans.
* MGCHF has volunteers and WWII veterans that go to schools and speak in the classrooms about WWII history.
* Members of the Key Clubs from West Harrison, Long Beach and D'iberville High Schools prepared and served a pancake breakfast to the WWII veterans at the MGCHF-IV and MGCHF-V orientations.
* Students at Our Lady Academy in Bay St. Louis sponsored a Homeless Veteran Awareness Night and raised money to send WWII veterans on an Honor Flight.
* Our goal is to help bridge the gap between the "greatest generation" and the young adults of today's current generation.
* MGCHF Fundraisers have been at many area Wal-Mart stores, a Jeff Bates concert, Zewk's Express Cafe and two Beta Lambda Sorority sponsored Bunko games. Coming soon a CONDO RAFFLE and ARTISAN'S ATTIC SILENT AUCTION. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
* Both of MGCHF'S Reunion Celebrations were open to the public to meet the WWII veterans - we also collected items for the VA Hospital in Biloxi.
* MGCHF Board members often speak at civic clubs, schools and veteran organizations.
* Many of MGCHF'S WWII veterans have been invited to ride in parades, speak at functions and attend special events throughout the Gulf Coast.
* All five of MGCHF'S Homecomings have had 2000 to over 3000 people greeting the WWII heroes home from Washington, DC.
* MGCHF has had over 150 articles in newspapers and magazines and/or news stories on television and radio.