Local Honor Flight Hub Making Final Mission in October 2018

1 June 2018 757-254-4490 matthew.hartman.5@us.mil.af

Local Honor Flight Hub Making Final Mission in October 2018

The Honor Flight Program announced today that its final trip, Mission 20, is on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The local Honor Hub was initiated in 2008 to provide WWII veterans a free trip to the new National WWII Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. A few years later, Korean War veterans were invited and the Korean War Veterans Memorial was added to the itinerary. A few years after that, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was added. Now, after ten years and after taking over 1500 local veterans to Washington, the local Hub of the Honor Flight network is ending its operations. Mission Director Matt Hartman said, "The opportunity for veterans to see those memorials built to honor their sacrifice and service is an experience that should not be missed". The first nineteen Honor Flight missions have served over 1,000 veterans. The universal veteran's reaction has been sincere enjoyment and appreciation. Veterans from Richmond, Petersburg, Charlottesville and Hampton Roads have participated. There will be pick-up locations for this trip in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Mechanicsville.

The trip is open to all WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who have not already visited their national memorial and is free of charge. A veteran is anyone who served in the service during any part of the WWII, the Korean or the Vietnam War, regardless of where they might have been assigned.

In addition to visiting the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, participants will visit Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier as well as other sites in our Nation's Capital. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided during the day at no cost to the veteran.

Each veteran on the trip is accompanied by a Guardian to assure their safety during the day. Sons, daughters and grandchildren sometimes serve this purpose but, in most cases, it is a trained volunteer. Over two dozen extra wheelchairs are loaded on the buses so that any veteran that finds the day tiring can simply allow their guardian to escort them in one of these chairs.

Veterans wanting to go on this final Honor Flight mission are asked to submit an application available at www.honorflightHTVA.org or by calling toll-free at 1-800-619-0578 or 757-655-4342.

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