Did you know we also have a Memorials schedule?

So many of our volunteers love greeting downtown at the WWII, Vietnam, and Korean Veterans Memorials. Did you know we share a list of all planned visits to these memorials on any given day? This includes flights from BWI, IAD, and DCA. You can check it out on the Volunteering page, navigate to Greeting Veterans and then the dropdown Memorial Greetings page.

Remembering Bob Dole

On Friday, December 10, we invite the public to join us in celebrating Senator Bob Dole, a distinguished leader who devoted his life to serving the country he loved. As a friend, partner, and member of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation family, we would appreciate your help spreading the word about the Robert J. Dole Celebration of Life this Friday at the WWII Memorial. 
Beginning with his service in World War II, Senator Dole dedicated his life to our nation and its people. He loved America, so we believe it is fitting that every American should have the opportunity to celebrate his distinguished legacy.

Join us for this special event with Gen. Mark A. Milley, 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Tom Hanks, Savannah Guthrie, the U.S. Army Band, and others. The WWII Memorial held profound meaning to Senator Dole, who championed the Memorial’s establishment in honor of all who served. 
Date: Friday, December 10

Time: 11:00 a.m. EST

Location: National War II Memorial, 1750 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.

Transportation & Parking: We encourage you to use public transportation or a rideshare app, as parking near the event will be extremely limited. Additional details can be found at https://www.nps.gov/wwii/planyourvisit/directions.htm

Program: 11:00 a.m. EST – Livestream of Robert J. Dole Memorial Service   

1:15 p.m. EST – Hearse with Senator Bob’s casket arrives. Program with Gen. Mark A. Milley, Tom Hanks, and Savannah Guthrie begins. Senator Elizabeth Dole to lay a wreath in honor of her late husband. 
Senator Bob believed in a united America. Let’s come together, once again, in appreciation for his leadership, love of country, and selfless service.

This event is open to all who wish to attend. Please extend this invitation to your colleagues, friends, and communities, encouraging them to join us. This event is accessible for those with disabilities. If you are not located in the Washington metropolitan area, we invite you to tune in to the event virtually via Facebook Live. 
Please help us spread the word. Sample social media copy and graphics can be found below.

Potential Social Language:  Twitter: #BobDole’s service to America began as a soldier in WWII. On Friday, Dec. 10 at @WWIIMemorial, join Gen. Milley, Tom Hanks, @SavannahGuthrie, @theusarmyband, & @DoleFoundation to celebrate his life. Details: https://robertdole.org/events/. #RememberingBobDole

Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn: #BobDole’s service to America began as soldier in WWII. Now, you can honor his life and legacy at the very memorial he worked so hard to establish. Join @elizabethdolefoundation on Friday, December 10 at the National World War II Memorial at 11am EST, alongside Gen. Milley, Tom Hanks, Savannah Guthrie, @usarmyband, and others to celebrate the remarkable life of Bob Dole. Details at https://robertdole.org/events/. #RememberingBobDole
More information about the life and legacy of Bob Dole can be found at robertdole.org.

Honor Flight honors, mourns the loss of Bob Dole


The loss of Honor Flight Network’s long time Ambassador, Senator Bob Dole is felt by our hubs, volunteers, and veterans across the country. The Honor Flight Network rose to new heights with Senator Dole’s continual support and efforts to honor his fellow WWII veterans, and all veterans who have served and are currently serving. Senator Robert Joseph Dole was a leader and longtime supporter of the Honor Flight Network whose mission is to honor our veterans by transporting America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country.   

He and his wife, Elizabeth Dole, spent every Saturday possible during the Honor Flight flying season at the entrance of the WWII Memorial. They would greet veterans and guardians, taking countless photos enhancing our honored veterans’ Honor Flight visit to our nation’s capital. 

Not only was Senator Dole a supporter of our veterans, but he also played an important role in raising donations for the building of the WWII Memorial on the Washington Mall. Professionally and personally, Senator Dole was always thinking of others and prioritizing the needs of others before himself. He will be missed.  

God bless you Senator Robert Joseph Dole.

David A Smith, Chairman and Meredith Rosenbeck, CEO

Honor Flight Network 


Media invited to ceremonies welcoming veterans to DC’s memorials 

ARLINGTON, Va. (October 4, 2021) – The Honor Flight Network announced that among the 11 Honor Flight trips arriving in Washington, DC this week, one has been arranged exclusively for women veterans and a second will escort members of the all-African American South Carolina Combat Veterans Association. The women’s trip, organized by Honor Flight Chicago, will tour the national memorials on Wednesday, October 6. The South Carolina Combat Veterans Association will be touring the memorials on Saturday, October 9, with Honor Flight’s Lone Eagle program which serves veterans who do not live near a regional Honor Flight Hub.   

“Honor Flight recognizes that race and gender shaped the military experience for many of our veterans, particularly of previous generations, so we are proud to provide special opportunities for these veterans to experience their Honor Flight trips together,” said Meredith Rosenbeck, CEO of Honor Flight Network. “Historically, these groups have felt underrepresented in the veterans’ community, and it is our hope that these trips send the message that the Honor Flight Network is here to honor all who served.”     

All Honor Flight trips visit Washington’s national memorials. The all-women’s group will make a special visit to the Military Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on October 6 at 12:45 p.m. The South Carolina Combat Veterans Association will perform a wreath-laying with a bugler at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on October 9 at 3:00 p.m.  

Media interested in covering the visits and interviewing veterans and Honor Flight representatives are asked to contact Carol Harlow at media@honorflight.org, or 202-480-3129, to coordinate coverage as times may shift.   

Honor Flight trips in 2021 will continue through November 13. The Honor Flight Network expects to soon reach the historic milestone of having served 250,000veterans. 


About Honor Flight Network 

The Honor Flight Network was formed in 2005 with a mission of honoring our nation’s veterans by bringing them to Washington, DC to visit the memorials and monuments dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The Honor Flight Network is currently comprised of over 130 hubs throughout the country dedicated to carrying out the Honor Flight mission. In addition to World War II veterans, the organization transports those who served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, intermediary operations, and in special cases of terminal illness or injury, veterans from more recent service eras. Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has taken more than 240,000 veterans to Washington D.C.  For more information, visit honorflight.org.   

WWII veterans make their way to DC on Sunday, Oct 3

Nine (9) veterans WWII veterans from Long Island Honor Flight will be visiting on the Nation’s capital on Sunday, 3 October 2021.  The youngest of the group is 93 years old.

This group will arrive at BWI airport around noon (WN 1385 ETA 11:55am), tour the
D.C. memorials and return to BWIM at 1800 for dinner and a return flight
(WN 26 ETD 2135) back to ISP.

From https://patch.com/new-york/sachem/honor-flight-take-veterans-washington-d-c-again

“RONKONKOMA, NY — Honor Flight Long Island’s free trips for veterans to Washington, D.C. — on hold since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — are resuming with a special flight in October for nine veterans between Queens and Suffolk County who were on a waiting list.

The organization’s biannual flights will resume in spring 2022, following a decision by the National Honor Flight Network to lift pandemic restrictions on Aug. 15.

After outreach to the veterans and their families, all expressed a strong desire to go this fall, so Honor Flight booked a special one-day flight for Oct. 3. Several of their veterans’ family members will accompany the veterans as guardians.

The veterans will take an early-morning Southwest Airlines flight to Washington, D.C. that will depart from Long Island Islip MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma at 10:40 a.m., and once there the veterans and their guardians will visit the World War II Memorial. From there, they will go on to Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard, then a special wreath-laying ceremony, and lastly the Iwo Jima Memorial.

They are set to return to Islip just before 11 p.m. and they will be greeted by the Long Island Bagpipe Band and hundreds of Honor Flight supporters.

The veterans include:

  • Dominick Critelli, 100, Floral Park, U.S. Army
  • Vincent DePalo, 98, Bethpage, U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Constantine Efthimiades, 95, Whitestone, U.S. Army
  • Robert Harms, 95, Carle Place, U.S. Navy
  • Louis Peretz, 100, Commack, U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Eleanor Rizutto, 99, Franklin Square, U.S. Army
  • Stephen Samsel, 94, Fairfield, CT, U.S. Navy
  • Vincent Tolve, 98, Mastic Beach, U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Eugene Zanger, 93, Massapequa, U.S. Army

Bill Jones, president of Honor Flight Long Island, said the special flight “gives nine of our Greatest Generation Americans an opportunity to contemplate their military memorials, meet representatives of their service branches, commiserate with fellow veterans, and exchange WWII stories.

“What the flight really represents is a big hug to these veterans from Honor Flight, their families, and all our supporters who make such flights possible,” Jones added.”

Update to American Airlines at DCA

DCA construction has altered some arrival and departure operations for American Airlines. American Airlines used to fly exclusively out of Terminal C and is now shifting some operations to B/C known as “Central Pier.”


Terminal B and C

Terminal B and C are the newest and the largest terminals of the airport. Both terminals have the same structure and have three concourses.

Terminal B has gates numbered from 10-22, and the airlines operated here are Alaska Airlines, Delta, and United.

Terminal B/C, gates 23-34, houses American and JetBlue Airlines.

Terminal C, gates 35-45, is exclusive to American Airlines.