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The Langley Crier
Spring 2017

Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia


Honor flight image1It was arguably the most significant event of the Twentieth Century. Sixteen million American men and women would serve in uniform during World War II and their efforts literally helped save the world. There were books, poems, songs, movies, and more written and produced about the exploits of these heroes, but it took almost 60 years for our county to recognize the service and sacrifice of those service members with a memorial on the National Mall. By the time the National World War II Memorial was open to the public in April 2004, it was estimated twelve million (75%) of our WWII Veterans had already passed away. The mission of the Honor Flight Network is to try and ensure every surviving WWII Veterans gets the opportunity to visit that memorial.

The Honor Flight Network currently consists of 132 Hubs (local chapters) in 41 states. The local Hub (Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia) received their charter in December 2008 and executed their first mission to Washington D.C. in May 2009. HFHTVA plans and executes two missions each year and those missions now Honor flight image2also include Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans (Vietnam War veterans are currently assigned on a space available basis). A mission usually includes a stop at the National Museum of the Marine Corps (Quantico), the National WWII Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery where the group witnesses the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Each Veteran is accompanied by a trained Honor Flight Volunteer Guardian to help them throughout the day. Each bus also has at least one volunteer Paramedic/EMT onboard and all the buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts to accommodate those Veterans who might have mobility issues. Because of our proximity to Washington D.C. HFHTVA makes this trip comfortably in leased luxury motor coaches. All meals are provided and there are a few special surprises along the way. Most importantly, this trip is provided to our Veterans at no cost . . . this trip is FREE!

HFHTVA Mission 17 will execute on April 22, 2017. If you know a WWII, Korean War, or Vietnam Veteran who has not participated in a previous Honor Flight mission please let us know ASAP. Additionally, a recent update to Honor Flight Network policy now allows us to include "tweeners" . . . those Veterans who served between WWII and the Korean War (1 Jan 47 - 24 Jun 50) and between the Korean War and the Vietnam War (1 Feb 55 - 27 Feb 61). We want to get these heroes to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials, but for some time, is running out! Veteran and Guardian applications are available to download at www.honorflighthtva.org.



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