Next Guardian Training
Arlington, VA 22206
Last Fall, PBS produced and aired a one-hour program on Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 12. The program tells the story of Honor Flight veterans and volunteers beautifully!
Watch the video here!
We hope you enjoy the program, and feel free to share the link with other volunteers and help spread the mission of Honor Flight!
David Philip Beere, a veteran of World War II, was hoping to come to DC on an Honor Flight but has become ill. Please send him birthday wishes, wishes for improved health, and your thanks for his service!
David Philip Beere
Our 2018 Schedule is now available to our wonderful team of volunteers! Hooray!
Our first flight (for now) is scheduled for March 3 — we are so excited to have our Veterans back in DC!
As you find flights that you’d like to greet, please use the “REQUEST YOUR GAP HERE” link for that flight to request a gate pass to get through security. After each sign up, you will receive an email confirming that the information has been captured — please confirm the accuracy of the information! You will receive a confirmation email 24 hours prior to the flight confirming whether the GAP has been honored (at the discretion of the airlines!) All members of your group need to request a pass — even babes in arms and minors.
For those of you new to the team, please take some time to check out our website to learn about what is involved in a greeting (besides the hugs and handshakes of course!).
As in years past, we will send out one email per week (usually on Sunday morning) to give you a snapshot of the week’s upcoming flights. To subscribe to that email list, please use this link. Our entire schedule (more than a week in advance) will always be available on our website.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A GUARDIAN?
Every Veteran participating in an Honor Flight is assigned a Guardian for the day. Most often, the Guardian is a family member, friend, or volunteer from the Veteran’s home city who accompanies the Veteran on the plane. Occasionally, however, some Honor Flight hubs request some DC-based Guardians to accompany Veterans throughout their day here. For more information about the required qualifications to become a guardian, please check our our website, schedule of upcoming trainings, and if you have further questions, please email Laura!
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A BUS GUIDE?
Our volunteer tour guides meet the veterans when they arrive at the airport, and ride on the bus with them all day to explain different monuments, buildings and interesting facts about DC. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, please contact Lauren B. to find out more!
INTERESTED IN ORGANIZING A GROUP TO ATTEND AN HONOR FLIGHT?
Looking for a way to give back with your organization? Bring them to an Honor Flight! High school cheerleaders and football players, professional coworkers, alumni associations and state societies, even young scout groups — no group is too small to welcome our Veterans. Take a look at our schedule, find a flight that works for you, and then contact Jenny for more information about how to get everything scheduled! Some flights restrict the size of groups, so please contact Jenny as you decide which flights you want to attend.
DO YOU PERFORM WITH A LOCAL MUSIC GROUP?
We are always looking for new groups to come welcome our Veterans when hey arrive at the airport. We’ve seen the Veterans’ faces light up when they get off the plane — we’ve had choirs, brass quartets, recorder choirs, and even a ukulele band! Please contact Patricia if you have a group that may be interested in participating!
Here’s what the Honor Flight DCA Volunteers did in 2017:
3,576 GAPs Issued
151 Honor Flight Arrivals
168 Honor Flight Departures
18 Honor Flight Bus Trips
11,987 Veterans Greeted
131 Tour Guides Provided
6 Tour Guide Trainings Held
123 DC Guardians Provided
9 Guardian Trainings Held
6 DCA Airline Partners
Our Veterans rave about the greetings that they get at the airport — for many, it is the highlight of their trip! We have the opportunity to set the stage for their entire Honor Flight trip with applause, laughter, music, and hugs. None of this could be possible without the help of all our AWESOME volunteers. THANK YOU ALL for an absolutely incredible 2017 DCA Honor Flight season!! We couldn’t provide these warm welcomes without you.
Have a wonderful and relaxing off-season and we’ll see you all next spring!