Richmond, VA (PRWEB) March 26, 2014
The Honor Flight Program announced today that its eleventh trip to Washington is on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Matt Hartman, Director of the local Honor Flight Chapter, said, “The opportunity for WWII veterans to see this magnificent memorial is an experience not to be missed.” The first ten Honor Flight trips organized by our local chapter have included well over 700 WWII veterans and the universal reaction was one of sincere enjoyment and appreciation. Veterans from Richmond, Petersburg, Charlottesville and Hampton Roads participated. There will be pick-up locations for this trip in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Mechanicsville.
The United States is currently losing its World War II veterans at a rate of approximately 800 per day. The Honor Flight Program is dedicated to making sure all WWII and Korean War veterans are provided a chance to be safely taken to the memorials that were built in their honor on the National Mall in Washington. With this goal in mind, our local Honor Flight Chapter (HFHTVA), a local non-profit organization, organizes two bi-annual bus trips. The trip is open to all WWII and Korean War veterans who have not already visited their memorials and is free of charge. Veterans wanting to go on a future Honor Flight trip must submit an application available at http://www.honorflightHTVA.org or by calling toll-free at 1-800-619-0578 or 757-655-4342.
In addition to visiting the National World War II Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the veterans visit Arlington National Cemetery and other significant monuments and memorials. Each veteran on the trip is accompanied by a trained volunteer serving as a Guardian. Honor Flight also provides a staff of paramedics. Wheelchair-bound veterans can be accommodated. Meals are provided to all attendees.
HFHTVA is also looking for volunteers to serve as guardians for future trips to stand in as caregivers to ensure the safety of each veteran. Those interested can submit an application available at the HFHTVA website.
HFHTVA is a part of the national Honor Flight Network. Through the end of 2013, the national Honor Flight Network has taken almost 120,000 veterans and 70,000 guardians to the National WWII Memorial. There are 137 chapters of Honor Flight in 43 states. Donations to support this program are welcomed. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made at http://www.honorflightHTVA.org.