Outreach Programs

Flag Presentation

Out of all the moon missions, Apollo 15 was deemed to be the United Nations Flight.

High Flight Foundation and the Irwin family have an exceptional ability for opening doors to nations because of the unique flags which were carried to the moon on board Apollo 15. Out of all the moon missions, Apollo 15 was deemed to be the United Nations Flight.
They carried flags from every nation that were members of the United Nations in 1971 to the moon’s surface. The Apollo 15 astronauts were considered the “Goodwill Ambassador” for the United Nations. Upon their return from the moon they received the first United Nations Peace Medal, given by Secretary General U Thant.
The Irwin Family traveled overseas to foreign countries delivering the flags to their countries leaders, for the people of those nations, with a message of hope and wonderment. We at High Flight Foundation believe we have a mandate to continue in the footsteps of Apollo 15 Astronaut Col. James B. Irwin as Goodwill Ambassadors.
  • UN Peace Medal
  • UN Secretary General U Thant
  • United States – President Nixon
  • Netherlands
  • Norway – His Majesty King Olav V
  • Spain – His Majesty King Juan Carlos
  • Sweden – His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • Ethiopia – President Negasso Gidada
  • Soviet Union – General Secretary Gorbachev
  • Colorado – Governor Owens
  • Egypt – President Anwar el Sadat
  • Japan – Prime Minister Tanaka

Operation Uplift

Over 40 years ago High Flight started an outreach program to our military families.

The outreach was designed to bring healing to those who had faced the complex struggles of military life. “Operation Uplift provides a time and a place for families to be refreshed and bring healing to broken pieces so that each individual can experience first-hand how God cares for them. The outreach teams are trained to care for the needs of families to make the retreat a success for each guest.
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Marriage Coaches
  • Post Traumatic Combat Stress Counselors
  • Spiritual Counselors
  • Financial Advisors
Our staff is dedicated to make each retreat experience one that will uplift lives and creates an impact similar to our founder astronaut James Irwin’s experience that inspired him to reach for life’s highest flight. High Flight’s desire is that the retreat will be a time of refreshing for each family that will launch them into the next season of life with joy and hope.

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