Mission accomplished: Honor flight makes final trip

On Saturday Oct. 20 the 20th and final mission of the local chapter of the Honor Flight Network will depart from Colonial Heritage taking World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans to see their memorials in Washington D.C.

Our local Honor Flight chapter supports all of southern Virginia and northeast North Carolina, from Richmond to Elizabeth City. Five buses will make this trip. During the past 10 years, we have taken almost 2,000 veterans along with their guardians to Washington, at no cost to the veterans. Rob Wittman has attended all but one of these 20 missions during his time in Congress, whether it meant making the two hour drive to Williamsburg to see us off at 5 a.m., or to meet us during our drive home in Quantico or Fredericksburg at 7 p.m. He expresses the appreciation of the nation to the veterans. He also stays for a couple of hours to give every one of the 100 veterans on the mission the opportunity to speak to him and for each of them to address whatever issues they are concerned about. He has been committed to making sure these veterans have the best experience possible.

We deeply appreciate Rep. Wittman’s support and the support of the broader Hampton Roads community for their financial and other donations. We also salute the volunteers who served as guardians on the missions, assuring the safety of our veterans. Thank you.

Jack Greenhalgh

Williamsburg

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