Honor Flight Ground Crew Sweatshirts

Sign up to PURCHASE an Honor Flight Ground Crew sweatshirt! We only order these sweatshirts every few years, so sign up today! A great holiday gift for your favorite Honor Flight greeter!

 

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Commemoration: Operation Torch

 

On Wednesday, November 8th at 11:30 a.m., the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a brief ceremony and wreath presentation at the World War II Memorial’s Atlantic Arch to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of French North Africa.

The November 1942 jointly planned U.S. and British amphibious operation in then French-held territories of Algeria and Morocco marked the introduction of the American forces into the Atlantic Theater against the Germans.

During the November 8th ceremony at the World War II Memorial, WWII veterans and representatives of the Allied Nations that took part in the campaign will present wreaths at the Atlantic Arch of the Memorial in honor of the more than 100,000 Allies who served and in remembrance of the more than 1,000 killed during Operation Torch.

If you are a World War II veteran, or know of one, who would like to participate in the
Operation Torch 75th Anniversary Commemoration at the Memorial,
please email Holly at Friends of WWII Memorial now: hrotondi@wwiimemorialfriends.org

We hope you’ll join us on November 8th at the WWII Memorial!

RSVP with Holly today!  hrotondi@wwiimemorialfriends.org

Remembering Our Fallen Memorial

National Memorial to be Unveiled in Washington, D.C. September 7, 2017

http://www.rememberingourfallen.org/

 

An all-encompassing national memorial, a first-of-its-kind, is being produced with a planned completion date of  Summer, 2017.  This memorial will include our country’s military Fallen who have died in The War on Terror since 9/11/2001.   Additional towers will be designated to include private contractors killed in the war zone, and our military who have died from attacks at home, training accidents, or while working and on active duty, whether stateside or overseas.

  To recognize the terrible effects brought on by serving in a war zone, a tower will be dedicated to our service men and women who served in a combat zone and later succumbed to Post-Traumatic Stress/suicide.

  This beautiful display will consist of Tribute Towers supporting double-sided and full-color banners to withstand the elements, making it possible to be exhibited outdoors, as well as indoors.  Each Tribute Tower is 8 feet high and 5 feet wide and will include military and personal photos of our country’s Fallen.

The Memorial will begin its tour August 1st in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota with a national unveiling on September 7th, at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  This ceremony will be open to the public and Gold Star families are especially welcome and will be recognized.

 

Super Saturdays @ the WWII Memorial

The fall Honor Flight season is just a few weeks away! In addition to our airport greetings, we encourage you all to meet our Veterans at the WWII Memorial in downtown DC. This is a great opportunity to bring your family, spend some time outside, and meet HUNDREDS of Veterans at one time. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information about these Super Saturdays. No need to sign up in advance — just show up and stay for however long you can!

 

As of this morning (8/24/17), Super Saturdays this fall are as follows:

  • September 9 (549 vets)
  • September 16 (574 vets)
  • September 23 (483 vets)
  • September 30 (568 vets)
  • October 7 (400)
  • October 14 (540)
  • October 21 (534)

 

We will also have commemorative events upcoming:

  • September 2 @ 11 AM V-J Day Observance
  • October 25 @ 11:30 AM Battle of Santa Cruz Island, 75th Anniversary Commemoration
  • November 8 @ 11:30 AM Operation Torch, 75th Anniversary Commemoration
  • November 11 @ 9 AM Veterans Day Observance
  • December 7 @ 12:53 PM Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Observance

There will be veterans present and wreath layings during all commemorative/observance events.

 

Senator Dole’s 94th Birthday

As many of you know, Senator Dole’s 94th Birthday is coming up this Saturday, July 22nd. Senator Dole holds a special place in the hearts of the Honor Flight family. We thought you may want to help us make this birthday a special one by sending a birthday card or wish to the Senator.

 

Please feel free to share with some of their veterans also, as he would love to hear from them.

 

Mailing address:

SENATOR ROBERT DOLE
ALSTON AND BIRD LAW FIRM
950 F ST NW
THE ATLANTIC BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20004-1438

Freedom Is Not Free

A short story from one of our volunteers:

 

I travel frequently for work generally somewhere between Boston and Tampa, FL. August 13, 2014 I was honored to be a part of a special flight. As I boarded my evening flight home I immediately sensed something about aircraft felt different. Was it a new plane I asked myself? Brighter lights? Less people? Friendlier flight attendants?

 

It was none of those things. The flight was eerily quiet. Our flight was escorting a fallen soldier home to Boston. There were three seats in the bulkhead that were roped off waiting for three young soldiers to accompany a fallen brother home to his family.  My usually “quick trip” from New York’s LaGuardia airport to Boston felt like one of the longest trips ever. As passengers we instinctively felt a responsibility to make sure this flight was made special and No one said a word. The flight attendants quietly went about their checklists but the passengers sat still and quiet reminded of the tremendous sacrifice this particular soldier have made on behalf of our country.

 

We eventually landed in Boston on a particularly damp, dark rainy night. As we approached our gate I could see flashing lights from what turned out to be firetrucks and police cars greeting our plane. As we pulling into our gate I realized what was going on — state and local police and firefighters were there to salute the fallen solider with their firetruck latter’s stretch as high as the sky and lights beaming even higher. You could hear a pin drop on board.

 

We knew instinctively to remain seated as the three soldiers accompanying our fallen hero stood up saluted the entire cabin, then proceeded outside to remove the casket from the cargo hold all the while 150 – 200 police and firefighters were standing at attention with their broad chests held high in the rain with their hats in their hands.

 

By the end there was not one dry eye on board our flight. For a brief moment we (the passengers) felt more like family than strangers; there for the young man who lost his life fighting for our freedom as a reminder of just how fortunate we all are.

 

– HF DCA Volunteer Katie B, July 2017

 

Civil War CampDay at Fort Ward

Learn about Civil War soldier and civilian life when FortWard Museum & Historic Site presents Civil War Camp Day on Saturday, June10.  The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Suggested donation is $2per person or $5 per family.  The program is weather dependent.

This annual living history event features military andcivilian reenactors in camp settings.  The program includes Civil War camplife activities, infantry and artillery drills and firing demonstrations,equipment displays, and civilian impressions.  Among the living historyunits participating are the 7th Maryland Volunteer Infantry, Co. A,the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, the 1stMinnesota, Co. D., and the 1st U.S. Artillery, Co.D.    Special interpretations include a U.S. Army Quartermastertent, a Civil War sutler, a U.S. Army surgeon with a field hospital display,and a soldier in the reconstructed Officers’ Hut who will describe the dailyroutine and living quarters of a Union officer in the Defenses of Washington.

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the Union forts thatcomprised the Civil War Defenses of Washington.  The historic fortfeatures the fully restored Northwest bastion.  The Museum offersexhibits, programs and special events throughout the year.  Fort Ward islocated at 4301 West Braddock Road in the west end of the City ofAlexandria.  For more information, please call 703.746.4848, or visit www.fortward.org.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance withthe Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.  To request a reasonableaccommodation or an alternative format, e-mail FortWardMuseum@alexandriava.gov,or call 703.746.4848, or Virginia Relay 711.