NEXT FLIGHT -April 21, 2018 - Mission 19
"Our records show that as of Mission 18 HFHTVA has escorted 1,485 Veterans to our Nation’s capital since our first mission in May 2009. A closer look at the numbers revealed 2017 was the first year WWII Veterans weren’t the majority on each trip. Korean War Veterans held a slight majority on Mission 17 and Vietnam War Veterans were the overwhelming majority on Mission 18. We believe this shift in the demographics signals we have achieved our original goal of assisting all local WWII Veterans who were willing and able to visit the National WWII Memorial. With this in mind we are announcing our 2018 missions (Mission 19 and Mission 20) will be our last."
“Honor Flight” is a nation-wide program developed to provide free transportation for as many World War II veterans to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington DC. Today, there are 140 Honor Flight Networks coordinating transportation for veterans of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam wars to Washington D.C. to view their respective war memorials. VIPMOAA is proud to support our local network hub, Honor Flight Historic Triangle (HFHTVA).
In May 2009, HFHTVA organized its very first “Honor Flight” for individuals in our local area. With about 90 veterans from our area, HFHTVA chartered buses and set off to Washington, D.C. visiting Arlington Cemetery, the National WW II Memorial, and the Marine Corps National Museum. 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 support Honor Flight directly, contact Jack Greenhalgh, who is an active member of VIPMOAA, as well as, a member of the Board of Directors for HFHTVA. To participate in the send-off, you do not need to 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.
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.