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"VALOR ONE - The Flight of The Not Forgotten"

Freedom is not free". "Here, one finds the expression of American gratitude to those who restored freedom to South Korea. Nineteen stainless steel sculptures stand silently under the watchful eye of a sea of faces upon a granite wall—reminders of the human cost of defending freedom. These elements all bear witness to the patriotism, devotion to duty, and courage of Korean War veterans.”
(Photo & Quote: National Park Service)

The 19 stainless-steel statues at the Korean War Veterans Memorial depict fighting men on patrol, and represent the 1.5 million Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard men and women who fought in the war.

Background: A non-profit organization called Valor Flight, Inc., located in Madison, Alabama, is committed to extend the community's appreciation to the Valley’s Korean War veterans, with a day of remembrance and gratitude for their service to our Nation and courage in the cause for freedom. 

Call Sign: Valor One - The Flight of The Not Forgotten.

Mission: To fly Tennessee Valley Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorial and others for a day of remembrance and gratitude for their service to our Nation and courage in the cause for freedom.

When: Our 1st flight on November 12th, 2011 was a success (Mission Completed!).  Our second and final flight will happen once we raise the remaining needed funds - But one thing is for sure - We Will Fly! 

100% of money raised goes towards the Veteran's Valor Flight experience. Tax-deductible contributions will be used to provide air transportation, bus transportation, meals, T-shirts, memorabilia, disposable cameras, fuel, and other basic necessities to make each veteran – some of whom are in fragile health – as comfortable as possible.

Initial consideration is for those Tennessee Valley Korean War Veterans, who served in Korea and live in the counties of: Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Marshall and Jackson.  Exception(s) could be made for a veteran(s) living outside of those areas.  

Our Need: Contributions and Fundraisers to help cover the cost of this unique one-day experience. One trip costs roughly $100,000. 

UPDATE - So far, we
 have raised $46,000 and need to raise an additional $54,000 before we book our second and final flight.  We need your help.

Every dollar helps and we greatly appreciate it!  

Please spread the word of our financial need, and if you can, please consider a donation. Tax-deductible donations are accepted on-line using the Donate button below or mailed to Valor Flight, PO Box 1353, Madison, Alabama 35758.  All donations are greatly appreciated. Together, we will achieve this worthy mission. Thank you! 

2018 Fundraising Campaign, 
"Operation 50" we seek 50 local businesses to donate $1K each.  Please consider supporting our important mission! Thank You.

Alabama Public Radio Reporter Stan Ingold, an eye witness on our 2011 Valor One - The Flight of The Not Forgotten flight. We thank Stan and APR for their faith and support in our very important mission. 

Hear About Valor Flight & Planning for Valor One - The Flight of The Not Forgotten
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Hear Valor One - The Flight of The Not Forgotten (first trip to DC held November 12, 2011)
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SHARE YOUR STORY Please consider sharing your Korean War story on the Valor Flight Facebook page so others may learn and know about the Korean War experience. Thank you for your service.       

DONATIONS: Please consider making a financial donation today, send your check donation to: 

Valor Flight

Our Mailing Address is:  Valor Flight  P.O. Box 1353 Madison, AL 35758

or use our on-line Donate button below:

Your donation is greatly appreciated and Thank You... Together, we will accomplish our mission.


2011 Valor One - The Flight of The Not Forgotten - Mission Completed!  Thank You All!!

2012 donations, and We Thank You!

2012 Individual Donations:
$100 - In Ohg Choi of Seoul, Korea (I was very impressed by the Valor Flight project when I heard about it from my friend in the USA.  Here, I express my gratitude to whom came to Korea to help our country remain as a democratic country. Thank You! From Seoul, Korea)
$250 - Kyung Ae Ku of Seoul, Korea (I am very pleased to express my appreciation to the Korean War Veterans. Thank you for what you had done to come to help our country. God bless you and your family, and those who work for the Valor Flight project. From Seoul, Korea)
$ 80 - Kyung Ja Kim of Seoul, Korea (Thank you, Korean War Veterans! I really appreciate what you had done for Korea. From Seoul, Korea)
$250 - Sang Hee Lee of Seoul, Korea (My special gratitude goes to the Korean War Veterans. As a Korean War survivor, I know how you helped us, Koreans and our country. I was a college student at age 23 when the Korean War broke out. Thank you and God Bless you and the veterans who are resting in peace in The Korean War Memorial. From Seoul, Korea).
$100 - Bernard M. Davis
$100 - Guy G. Hubbard
$2589 - Reverend Sang Ho Lee and 89 members of the Shinam Church, Christian Presbyterian, Seoul, Korea (We are pleased to express our gratitude to those who made sacrifices and suffered hardships for the freedom of South Korea during the Korean War.  God bless you!)
$1017 - Reverend Jung Hoon Park and the Congregation of the Gochon Methodist Church, Kimpo, Korea. (We would like to honor the Korean War Veterans. We greatly appreciate your contributions and the sacrifices you made for our country during the Korean War.)
$1000 - Byung Kwon Choi, Seoul, Korea. (I greatly appreciate all that you have done to support the freedom of the Korean people.  I am happy to contribute to the ability of the veterans to visit the Korean War Memorial in DC, and I hope that they have a fulfilling and enjoyable trip.)
$  42 - Sung Ok Kim, Seoul, Korea. (My deepest appreciation goes out to the Korean War Veterans.)
$  52 - Young Soo Kim and Mi Nong Lee, H&T Co., Ltd, Seoul, Korea. (My sincere appreciation goes to all the Korean War Veterans for their love and sacrifice to keep freedom in South Korea. God bless you!)
$ 100 - Senior Woman's Group, Korean Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama. (We want to express our gratitude to the Korean War Veterans for their hardship and sacrifices during the Korean War.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!)
$ 100 - Kyung Rim Hur, Kaleidoscoops in Madison Alabama, (Thank you, Korean War Veterans!  I deeply appreciate what you have done for South Korea.)
$ 100 - Ho Soo Yoo (With hope for a successful 2nd Valor One - The Flight of The Not Forgotten trip to Washington DC!)
$ 100 - Jeff & Anne (in memory of Jeff's father, who served in WWII and Korea)
$  25 - Mary & Bryan Miller (memorial gift in honor of Herbert Eugene Ratliff)
$  25 - A.M. Christopher (memorial gift in honor of Herbert Eugene Ratliff)
$100 - Sherill (S/Sgt 58th Air Police K-2 Airbase) & Corinne Causey (Thank you for the special Valor Flight last year.  I really enjoyed it. It has been a topic of conversation since.  As a way to say "Thank You", and to help on the next flight, my wife and I are enclosing a check for $100)

2012 Corporate Donations:
$1000 - Northrop Grumman
$1000 - American Society of Military Comptrollers - Huntsville Chapter
$2500 - Dynetics (Dynetics is proud to support your organization and we want to help ensure your work continues. Thank you for the excellent service you provide to our community)

Fundraiser - 2012 Valor Flight Golf Classic (Spring) Mission Completed!

When: June 1st, 2012 (Friday)
Location: Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove (Highlands Course)
Time: Registration 7:00 am; Shotgun Start at 8:00 am
Format: 18 Hole, Four-Person Scramble
Cost: $75 individual player - includes green and cart fee, breakfast, lunch and 1 door prize ticket
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place/Closest to the Pin/Longest Drive/Put Off for $CASH$/Door Prizes/Hole in One Car Prize (Hole in One Car Prize - Courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford)

Sponsorship Packages:

$1500 GOLD SPONSOR PACKAGEIncludes 4 Person Team - Fee, Green and Cart Fee, Breakfast, Lunch and 3 door prize tickets each. Plus listing on Valor Flight Website, Team Photo and Hole Sponsorship.

$1000 SILVER SPONSOR PACKAGE: Includes 4 Person Team - Entry Fee, Green and Cart Fee, Breakfast, Lunch and 2 door prize tickets each. Plus listing on Valor Flight Website and Team Photo.

$750.00 BRONZE SPONSOR PACKAGEIncludes 4 Person Team - Entry Fee, Green and Cart Fee, Breakfast, Lunch and 1 door prize ticket each. Plus listing on Valor Flight Website and Team Photo.

Sponsor Breakfast for $500.00 | Sponsor Lunch for $800.00 | Sponsor a Hole for $125.00

A Great Big Thank You to our Sponsors!!!  our Local Retailers!!! and Our Golfers!!! 

Also A Great Big Thank You to our Valor Flight Volunteers...with your help Valor Flight accomplished the following:

  • We had 34 different sponsors for door prizes
  • We had 80 golfers and gave away 70 door prizes
  • We had 10 Volunteers and 1 Honorary Marshall (Michael Campbell, Korean War Veteran)

(Gold Sponsors)
$1500 - Woody Anderson Ford  + Car for One in Hole Prize + $125 Hole Sponsor
$1500 - Landers McLarty Chevrolet 
$1500 - Intergraph

(Silver Sponsors)
$1000 - Qinetiq
$1000 - Toray Carbon Fiber

(Bronze Sponsors)
$750 - SAIC

(Meal Sponsors)
$500 - Peach State Ambulance, Inc. (Breakfast)
$500 - Serra Toyota (Lunch)
$200 - Excellance Ambulance, Inc. (Lunch)

(Putting Contest)
Krispy Kreme

(Hole Sponsors)
$125 - David Anderson (A Greatful American)
$125 - Stan Chapman (A Greatful American)
$125 - Attorney Milburn Gross 
$125 - Autozone
$125 - Jason Sanders, Blue Creek Investments
$125 - Conditioned Air Solutions
$125 - Davis Lee Companies
$300 - David Lee Companies (for Veterans to play golf)
$125 - First National Bank
$125 - Gibsons BBQ
$125 - Hazelgreen Pharmacy
$125 - Huntsville Hospital
$125 - Jerry Damson Acura
$125 - JP Madden & Associates
$125 - Limestone Drug
$125 - Qinetiq
$125 - Ray Pearman Lincoln
$125 - Regions Bank
$125 - Redstone Federal Credit Union
$125 - Snelling and Snelling
$125 - Spine and Neuro Center Huntsville Hospital
$125 - Sports Med
$125 - Turner Beverage Company
$125 - Weichert Realty
$125 - Wolfe Disc Golf
$125 - Woody Anderson Ford

Thank You to these Local Retailers who supported us with gifts for prizes:
Atlanta Bread Company
Baumhowers Wings
Bed/Bath and Beyond
Bennett Nurseries
Blue Healing Spa
Cantino Loredo
Cedar Ridge Golf Course
Chik Fil A (Whitesburg Blvd)
Colonial Golf Course
Conditioned Air Solutions
Edwin Watts Golf
Fairfield Inn
First National Bank
Goo-Goo Xpress
Great American Cookie
Grille 29
Homewood Suites
Huntsville Utilities
Krispy Kreme 
Lees Magic Tunnel
Logans Roadhouse
Longhorn Steakhouse
Maggie Moos
Newks (Whitesburg Blvd)
Richland Golf
Sunset Landing
The Melting Pot
The Westin
Valley Landing Golf Course (Cortland)

2011 Donations (Mission Completed -  We Thank You!)

$200 - VFW Post 6073
$100 - Barbara Buckner, honoring Dr. Noah Hurst
$  25 - John B. Keith, memory of Betty Travis
$  50 - Robert & Marilyn Whiteford
$  50 - D. Leonard & Janice Robinson
$  25 - Barry Simpson
$  50 - Clayton (Colonel, Retired) & Deborah Newton
$  25 - J.F. & Ruth Prince
$  30 - David Brown, "Thanks for showing CHOSIN, I enjoyed it"
$  50 - Roger (Major, US Army Retired) & Ann Marnell
$  50 - William & Cindy Baker
$1000 - Terry & James Bradford, "Thank you for bringing the CHOSIN Reservoir documentary to the Huntsville community.  It should serve to inspire community support for the Valor Flight program"
$  50 - Donald & Emily Keller
$  50 - CommSec Inc., in honor of Vern Forsberg
$  25 - Lisa Jackman & Eloise Pate
$100 - Christine Smith, honoring John W. Eubanks (CW02, U.S. Army Retired)
$100 - Christine Smith, honoring Hoyt O. Smith (EM1, US Navy 1948-1953)
$  50 - Sigmund & Moonyean Klueger
$  25 - Billy Neal
$100 - Teri Mayo
$  25 - Karen Chillcott
$100 - Patrick & Stephanie Jordan
$  25 - Joel Lonergan
$  50 - Alice Correa
$  25 - Phil Patterson
$  50 - Mike (LTC, U.S. Army Retired) & Karen Measels
$100 - Patrick & Joan Filidoro (from Floral Park, NY)
$350 - Garth Mountain Garden Club
$100 - Ho Soo Yoo
$  25 - Stephen & Karlene Milburn
$100 - Mr & Mrs Frank Eiser
$  50 - Mr & Mrs Richard Allen
$100 - US Army Warrant Officers Association
$100 - Albert J. Fitzgerald
$200 - Huntsville Chapter Military Officers Association of America, "We are proud to support Valor Flight"
$100 - Disabled American Veterans, Huntsville Chapter 26
$100 - Joe Bongiovanni
$500 - Terry O'Reilly (WWII Veteran), "I went on the Honor Flight for the WWII veterans and enjoyed it more than any trip I have ever taken.  Being with people that had gone through the war and understood the meaning of the trip made a difference.  I hope all taking the trip will enjoy it as much as I did"
$1000 - American Legion Post 237
$1000 - American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 237
$1000 - Sons of American Legion Squadron 237
$2000 - Air Defense Artillery Association, Redstone Arsenal Huntsville Chapter, "The ADAA is proud to recognize your organization and the outstanding contributions it provides to veterans in Huntsville and North Alabama"
$1000 - Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association, "On behalf of both our Board of Directors and our entire general membership, please accept the enclosed check for $1,000 as an expression of our appreciation for all that you do for men and women who serve or have served in our country's military"
$100 - Nancy F. Campbell, honoring her brother James A. Foster
$1000 - Contributor wishes to remain anonymous
$5000 - Davis Lee Liberty's Legacy
$150 - George & Patricia Tatum, honoring George C. Coefer (SGT MAJ, U.S. Army Retired) and who was able to withdraw his men through the "Gaunlet" at Kunu-Ri
$ 50 - William & JoAnn Hadaway
$500 - Vets with Vettes & Corvette Owners, "The goals of the Vets with Vettes and Corvette Owners club are to continue to support and honor our veterans and their families and increase public awareness of the sacrifices they have made for our nation. We are thrilled to support your organization in achieving your goal in serving the Korean War Veterans!"
$ 30 - Cathy Clayton
$100 - Gordon Hearn
$500 - Natalie Higgins
$200 - Earlene Kather
$ 50 - COL (USA Ret) & Mrs. William T King
$200 - Bill & Chris Johnson
$100 - W. Heidish
$  30 - Lonnie McCormick, M.D.
$1000 - Ben & Fran Hollis
$ 100 - Mr. & Mrs. Charles Moore
$  25 - Mr. & Mrs. Johnnie Arnold III
$ 100 - Michael & Felicia Robyn McCoy
$ 100 - John & Cathleen Geist
$1000 - George & Margo Williams
$1200 - Ho Soo Yoo & Young K. Choun (Hoo Soo has written a book about her mother's experience during the Korean War called, "A Pair of High Heels in the Korean War", and will be donating the proceeds from the sales of her book to Valor Flight. Thank You Hoo Soo!
$ 100 - The Grace Sunday School Class at Willowbrook Baptist Church.
$ 200 - Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, "The Father Jeremy F. Trecy Assembly #004, proudly are contributing to Valor Flight. We as the Patriotic group of the Knights of Columbus here in Huntsville, Alabama support your efforts to our nation's veterans.  Their efforts for past deeds and services are often forgotten. Keep up the outstanding work."
$ 50 - Norma & Paul Jensen
$408.27 - Space & Missile Defense Conference 
$200 - Col, (Ret) Howard and Jan Camp
$100 - Al & Lanell Wassum
$300 - N. Talley
$100 - Mrs. Shirley Queen (in memory of my husband Kenneth M. Queen who served in the Korean War)
$100 - Mrs. Shirley Queen (in memory of my brother Woodrow V. Cummins, who served in WWII, Korea & Vietnam)
$100 - Mrs. Shirley Queen (honoring my brother-in-law Terry Dungey, a Korean War veteran)
$100 - Mrs. Shirley Queen (honoring my friend James E. Sanford, a Korean War veteran)
$200 - Woon Jik Lee, Joy Cleaners
$200 - The Senior Women's Group, Korean Presbyterian Church of Huntsville
$100 - Dr. Sura & Elizabeth Kim
$100 - Kyung R. Hur, Kaleido Scoops Ice Cream
$ 50 - Sun T. Kim
$ 50 - Young Sook Kim
$ 50 - Young Ran Shin
$ 50 - Eun Sook Son
$ 60 - Rev. Sa Hyun No, Young Nak Presbyterian Church of Huntsville
$100 - Colson
$100 - Duck S. Song
$ 30 - Tae Soo Kwon
$ 35 - Lim Hur, Styles of Madison
$200 - Mr. Don Colbath
$100 - Mrs. Herman Hester, Delano R. & Yvonne Price (in memory of Herman Hollis Hester, a Korean War veteran)
$ 25 - Gwen V. Parks 
$ 50 - Mr & Mrs H. C. Tom
$500 - Madison American Legion Post 229
$100 - Gene B. Aittala
$200 - Lakin & Carol Collins (in honor of my father J.T. Collins)
$100 - Dan & Betty Green (in honor of of my friend's father, J.T. Collins)
$200 - John J. Valloric of Arlington, VA ("Please accept this small donation to help cover some of the expense for Korean Vets visiting the DC memorial.  As a Korean War vet myself, I know how much it means to see their memorial.  I go down every Nov 27, Dec 25 to visit my friends that can't see it.  I also go to tell them how things are going.  I was a Navy Corpsman with the 7th Marine Regiment 1st Marine Division ('50-'51) and regular Navy ('51-'56) on a tin can. Take care. Semper Fi!")
$100 - William & Louise Heidish
$100 - Randy & Tiffany Hubbard (in honor of my father Guy G. Hubbard who went on Valor Flight and really enjoyed the trip!)
$150 - Jean Winfrey (in memory of my father James O. Maddox)
$100 - Col. Tommy & Melanie Lancaster
$ 68.05 - Farley Elementary School Student Council
$ 10 - Donna Henry White
$ 50 - Scott & Lucille McMahan
$100 - Dan & Betty Green (in honor of J.T. Collins)

83 Campaign - we seek 83 businesses to donate $1000 each.  Thank You!

#1 - $1000 donation by The Surgery Center of Huntsville
#2 - $1000 donation by Aranea Solutions, Inc.
#3 - $2000 donation by Kratos Defense Security Solutions
#4 - $1000 donation by Mobile Electronics, Inc.
#5 - $200 donation by Excellance, Inc.
#7 - $1000 donation by Tom McCarty of Alpha Marketing
#8 - $500 donation by Torch Technologies
#9 - $500 donation by Torch Helps, Inc.
#10 - $500 donation by Glenn McPhearson of Griffon Aerospace
#11 - $1000 donation by Hyosung USA, Inc. (We are pleased to be making a donation to Valor Flight as a Korean Corporate Company located here in the United States, to express our appreciation to the Valley's Korean War Veterans.  Going to visit the Memorial that represents all they fought for is a great opportunity.  Thank you for helping and remembering those that are often forgotten")

20 Campaign - we seek 20 businesses to donate $5000 each.  Thank You!
#1 - $70,000 donation by an Anonymous Contributor