Hero Flight 2023

Attend a two-night event to celebrate our heroes and meet the men and women behind the VAC mission.

Nov. 10–12 • Miami, Florida
Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne


Friday, Nov. 10
6 p.m. at Fountain Courtyard, Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

This will be a relaxing and entertaining evening outdoors at the stunning Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. We will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and dessert – all with a bit of local flare thrown in.

Saturday, Nov. 11
6 p.m. at Grand Lawn, Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Again under the stars we will be treated to a little bit of music and drinks before we take our seats and connect through inspiring stories from a host of wonderful guest speakers.

Enjoy a Private Charter

Join us for a private charter (about 2 and a half hours at sea) on the Miami Lady Saturday morning as we make our way into Biscayne National Park to historic Stiltsville. Aboard we will be treated to narration by Resident Historian Dr. Paul George from the HistoryMiami Museum. 
Stiltsville, now managed by the National Park Service, has a storied past! Seeming to float above Biscayne Bay’s shallow seagrass beds, Stiltsville has a colorful history that dates back to the 1930s, when “Crawfish Eddie Walker” built the first shack on stilts above the water. Over the years more buildings were constructed, and the area took on an aura of mystery. Accessible only by water, the area was the place to see and be seen when visiting the winter resorts on nearby Miami Beach. Stories of illegal alcohol and gambling led to several police raids on the Bikini Club and Quarterdeck Club. At its peak in 1960, there were 27 structures on the flats, but hurricanes, fires, and the ravages of being in such an exposed place made every building relatively short-lived.
We will depart the hotel early Saturday morning and return around 12:45, in time to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. A spot poolside or on the beach would make for a lovely afternoon before we celebrate together on the Grand Lawn Saturday night!

Contact Jen Salvati at [email protected] to reserve your spot for this exclusive event. 

*Available to Purple Heart sponsors and above.

Your Weekend Accomodations

Escape to a luxury Miami Beach resort that exudes the classic charm of South Florida. Located on an exclusive five-mile-long barrier island, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is just minutes from dynamic downtown, yet provides an atmosphere of sequestered serenity. With elegant architecture inspired by West Indies Colonial design, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is one of the finest beach hotels Miami, Florida has to offer.

Click on the link to make your reservations for Hero Flight 2023.

Veterans Airlift Command Hero Flight

Join us for our twelfth annual Hero Flight gathering. Over two nights of food, drinks, and fun, you’ll get to meet the men and women behind Veterans Airlift Command mission—from combat veterans and their families to the volunteer pilots and owners and sponsors who serve our heroes.