Honor Flight San Diego Founder, David Smith, has been selected as President and Chairman of the National Honor Flight Network. Smith has been a board member of the National network for seven years. He will be leading the organization’s 130 hubs as they make plans to restart travel to Washington, D.C. with military veterans.
“I am very honored to be selected as president and chairman,” said Smith. “My first priority is to get our hubs flying again (when it is safe to do so) and get our nation’s heroes on their Honor Flight.”
Smith got involved in Honor Flight when he took his World War II U.S. Marine Corps father, Art Smith, on a flight in 2009. Seeing the impact the trip had on his father, David told the National network that he wanted to volunteer with the San Diego hub. He was told there was no San Diego hub and said, “There will be now!”
Smith stood up the San Diego Honor Flight hub in 2010 and has taken more than 1,400 veterans on their Honor Flight.
Trips to Washington, D.C. through Honor Flight were canceled nationwide in 2020 due to the pandemic. For 2021, flights are postponed through Aug. 15, 2021.
Honor Flight San Diego is planning for an October flight, pending any restrictions. They hope to take about 90 World War II and Korean War veterans on the three-day trip.