Honor Flight is dedicated to the veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. These veterans are taken to visit the veterans memorials in Washington, D.C., with all expenses paid by donations. The Honor Flight organization from the Historic Triangle held its seventeenth gathering on April 22. Peninsula veterans gathered at Colonial Heritage Country Club at O-Dark-Thirty (0545). We were welcomed by Congressman Rob Wittman, the Langley AFB Honor Guard, loads of Coast Guardsmen from Portsmouth and Yorktown (including a Rear Admiral), and a Naval JROTC unit from a local high school. We loaded onto buses and for the next 18 hours we visited the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico, the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials in D.C. We met Senator Bob Dole sitting in a wheelchair next to the WWII Memorial.
This was a wonderful experience, superbly planned and executed. Volunteers escorted us and met us at every stop. The next Honor Flight will be in October, so sign up now. You can reach them at Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia, P.O. Box 135, Williamsburg VA 23187 or visit the website at www.honorflighthtva.org.