Wreaths Across America

The annual Wreaths Across America event will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

The gates will open at 8 am. We will gather inside the visitor’s center and leave around 8:30 for the opening ceremony and orientation session. Please wear your yellow shirt if possible so we can recognize you! We will then move to designated areas of the cemetery to participate in the laying of wreaths at headstones. If you aren’t with our group, do not worry – laying the wreaths is more important than finding everyone. Please DRESS WARMLY (gloves help to not get poked by the wreaths) and use the Metro to visit the cemetery – no general parking will be permitted in the Welcome Center Garage. ALL are welcome so bring your friends.

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. — Arlington National Cemetery gates open to public

8:30 a.m. — Ceremonial Wreaths Across America Truck Parade arrives at Arlington’s Main entrance

(time approx)

9:00 a.m. — Opening Ceremony (McClellan Gate near the entrance of the cemetery)

10:00 a.m. — Wreath laying begins throughout the cemetery

11:00 a.m. — Wreath laying ceremony at President Kennedy’s grave

11:30 a.m. — Wreath laying ceremony at USS Maine Mast

12 Noon — Wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

If you are interested in sponsoring a wreath, more information can be found HERE

RSVP on Facebook here

End of season happy hour for DC volunteers

Join us next Tuesday (12/8) for a small celebration to end our Fall 2015 flight season! Please note, as a group of non-profit volunteers, we ask that you cover your own food and drink!

We will be meeting at the Tortoise and Hare Bar & Grill in Crystal City at 6:00pm. RSVP on Facebook!

(full link here https://www.facebook.com/events/1505203519807180/)

Thank you to all our volunteers for making the 2014-2015 season such a great success. Hope to see you there

Special Honor Flight for a 110 year-old veteran

Austin Honor Flight is bringing in a 110 year-old veteran on Sunday 12/6-Tuesday through Tuesday 12/8.  They arrive Sunday on Southwest at 1:55 pm, DCA and depart the 8th at 3:55 pm. Join us OUTSIDE security at Terminal A

We’d like to get a big group out to welcome Mr. Frank Levingston, http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/frank-levingston-americas-oldest-veteran-109-says-hes-blessed-n461486

Mr. Levingston lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  He was born in 1905 and enlisted in 1942.  He served as a private during the war in the Naples-Foggia Campaign in Italy.

If you are able to greet and honor Mr. Levingston in any capacity, the Monday (12/7) schedule is below!

  • 9:30AM — Arrive at Arlington National Cemetery Gate
  • 10:00AM — Changing of the Guard
  • 10:15AM — Wreath Laying Ceremony
  • 11:00AM – 12:30PM — Lunch
  • 1:15PM — WWII Memorial (Ceremony begins at 1:53 PM)
  • 3:00PM — 4:00PM MLK / Lincoln / Vietnam Wall / Korean Memorial

Amazon Smile to raise funds for Honor Flight

Starting your holiday shopping? If you are buying on Amazon this year, please use Amazon Smile!

Smile.amazon.com has access to the same inventory and Prime shipping as regular amazon, but a portion of your purchase will be donated to a charity of your choice. Most of the local Honor Flight hubs have set up accounts with Amazon Smile – choose one that is close to your heart. Get your shopping done and support Honor Flight at the same time!

To use this feature, visit Amazon Smile and at the top of your page (under the search bar) you have an option to add a charity. Pick your own charitable organization (one of the many hubs) and simply click “select.” Going forward, anytime you use smile.amazon.com this charity will be your default.

Remember, this is no different than the traditional Amazon, your favorite charity just gets a small donation for any purchase.

Happy shopping.

URGENT Mail call!

Friends- we recently received a mail call request for a WWII veteran currently in Hospice card, living abroad in Taiwan.

“Mr. Thomaschek is 90 years old and has lived in Asia most of his adult life, most recently in Taiwan.  He is without many financial resources and his care situation isn’t good–the hospice cares almost exclusively for AIDS patients and isn’t well-equipped to meet the needs of someone in his situation.

Mr. Thomaschek was born in New York in the 1920s and is a WWII vet. He entertained the boys with stories from the war years–the weeks spent crossing the Atlantic, the invasion of southern France that he was part of, the liberation of Paris, being injured by an artillery blast and spending months in the hospital before traveling home to New York on the Queen Elizabeth II. He’s led a fascinating life and loves to tell stories.

Mr. Thomaschek never married, though he wanted to. He has no family left in the U.S. We are still trying to figure out if there are any tangible ways we can improve his situation.  He doesn’t speak Chinese and no one at the hospice speaks English; I know he gets lonely and would appreciate cards and notes to send him a little cheer.”

We are calling on everyone to flood Mr. Thomaschek’s hospice room with cards from back home, thanking him for his service and sending him kind words to help fill his day.  Please spread the word to your friends and family!

Note: international mailing prices are higher (currently $1.20 per letter)
Mr. Frank Thomaschek
c/o Mike Everett
PO Box 39-875
Taipei 100
Taiwan, ROC

You can also send domestic to a friend who will be passing along all US cards in one lump batch:

Mr. Frank Thomaschek
C/O Alaina Carter
2700 Dartmouth Rd #9
Alexandria VA 22314

Next guardian training opportunity

All Guardians must receive formal training before serving an Honor Flight, be between the ages of 18 and 65, and be able to lift 100 pounds with assistance. Guardians will walk approximately 3 miles throughout the day, and will likely be required to push a wheelchair carrying a veteran.

Next Training Session – 6.29.15 

The next training session for those interested in becoming a guardian is scheduled for Monday, June 29th at 6:45 pm at the Shirlington Branch of Arlington Public Library. These sessions typically last approximately 75 minutes.

The address is: The Village at Shirlington, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206. There is no need to bring anything except a pen to take notes.

Please RSVP to Laura at honorflightguardians@gmail.com if you plan on attending. There is a maximum capacity for the room, and we need to let the library folks know ahead of time how many we will be.
Thanks for your interest in Honor Flight – hope to see many of you on the 29th!

2015 schedule posted! Guardian training and West Point Alumni Glee Club concert

Honor Flight volunteers- the 2015 schedule has been posted for March-April of 2015! Please click on the “2015 schedule” tab at the top to see more information. New this year- we’ve made it easier than ever to request a GAP for each flight if available. Just click on the “GET YOUR GAP HERE” link in each HF spec to sign up.

New volunteers should sign up for guardian training (details below):

Guardian Training Sessions on Feb. 18th at 7:15 pm and Mar. 23rd at 6:45 pm. Both of these sessions will take place at the Westover Branch of the Arlington Public Library. The address is: 1644 North McKinley Rd Suite 3, Arlington, VA 22205.

All Guardians must receive formal training before serving an Honor Flight, be between the ages of 18 and 65, and be able to lift 100 pounds with assistance. Guardians will walk approximately 3 miles throughout the day, and will likely be required to push a wheelchair carrying a veteran.
 
Honor Flight Indy on April 4th The hub from Indianapolis is in need of a large number of guardians for their trip. Details are emerging, but guardians would likely meet the flight at Reagan National in the morning and return to the gate with the group in the evening. If you are interested in this guardian opportunity, please send an email to Laura at honorflightguardians@gmail.com and her know whether you have been trained or are in need of training.

Additionally, our friends at the West Point Alumni Glee Club invited all volunteers to attend their winter concert. Information below:

Subject: Friends of the West Point Alumni Glee Club

Folks, we have enjoyed your support and encouragement over the years.  Thank you for that support.  We hope we have opportunities to bring you our patriotic and inspirational brand of music in the future.

We wanted to be sure you know of the world famous West Point Cadet Glee Club appearing with us, the West Point Alumni Glee Club in concert on Sunday, February 15th, at 4 pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center on the NVCC Alexandria Campus. The same concert being presented at Christ Church in Philadelphia on February 14th, at 2:30 pm.

Our concert:  West Point Salutes the Spirit of ’45 in Concert

We are delighted to sponsor these young men and women to join us to honor the Spirit of ’45 in this the 70th Anniversary year of the end of WWII and the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

We would ask for your help in spreading the information to those in your organization, those you work with, your families, etc.

If I can help you with ticketing or any other assistance you may need, please let me know at this email address.

Regards,

Terry Ryan USMA ’65

Vice President

West Point Alumni Glee Club

“No music without fun; no fun without music!”