“Honor Flight” is a nation-wide program conceived to transport as many World War II veterans and other veterans who may be terminally ill as possible (at no cost to them) to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington DC, if they have not seen it yet. In May 2009, the very first “Honor Flight” effort was organized for individuals in our local area - with about 90 veterans from our area were transported to Washington, D.C. to visit Arlington Cemetery, the National WW II Memorial, and the Marine Corps National Museum on their way home. Since then, local Honor Flight bus trips have been held each year on a Saturday in April and October. Participating veterans in the Virginia Beach area board a bus there early on Saturday morning and then link-up with other participants for a departure ceremony in Williamsburg.
Darlene High of the Chesapeake Bank made a donation on behalf of the bank to Cdr. Jack Greenhalgh, USN Ret., representing Honor Flight.
This is a very meaningful event for our chapter members to support. If you’d like to help on the VIPMOAA team, please let us know by e-mail or by calling Jack Greenhalgh, who is an active member of VIPMOAA, as well as, a member of the Board of Directors of our local Honor Flight. To participate in the send-off, you need not register ahead-of-time with Honor Flight. But guardians and veteran-attendees do need to register in advance - see Honor Flight contact info/Honor Flight website.
Check out photos from October 2016 Honor Flight Send Off here!
May 2017 - Colonial Heritage Club House
In 2009, individuals from the Williamsburg area formed what is known as the “Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia” as part of a national network of similar groups to provide aging veterans a free bus trip with meals to the WW II and Korean National Memorials in Washington, D.C. For the last several years, the “Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia” group has organized separate trips in May and October. The VIPMOAA chapter is an “official sponsor” of these events and chapter representatives have been gathering for every trip at the designated departure site to help “send-off” the veterans who have signed up to make the trip. The spring event next year will be in May and the “send-off” activities will be held at the Colonial Heritage Club House, located at 6500 Arthur Hills Drive in Williamsburg, beginning at 6:30AM. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate support for our “greatest generation” Veterans. So please come out in support of this noteworthy event. Chapter representatives usually meet at a local restaurant for breakfast following the “send-off.” If you would like more information, please call Cdr Jack Greenhalgh, USN-Ret, an “Honor Flight HTV” Planning Committee Member (757- 345- 5506) or Col Jim Pauls, USAF-Ret, (757- 851-1141).
VIPMOAA POINT OF CONTACT:
Jack Greenhalgh, CDR, USN (Ret)
- VIPMOAA members may help out with the Williamsburg departure by:
Making a monetary donation to help defray the costs (it costs approximately $150 to sponsor one veteran) or “Sponsor” a specific veteran;
- Volunteering to serve as an escort for individual WWII vets throughout the event;
Volunteering to transport veterans who may need transportation to the debarkation points;
- Helping to “spread the word” so as many eligible veterans as possible know about the event;
- Showing up on Saturday morning, to give the veterans a big “send-off!” in Williamsburg;
- Wearing Red, White, & Blue MOAA Badge & VIPMOAA Name Tag;
- Bringing a small flag to wave if possible.