Volunteers are always welcome and free at their own initiative to greet and welcome veterans directly at the Memorials! Veterans arrive not just from Reagan Airport, but from BWI, IAD, the local area, and on their own. My schedule only lists what is pre-planned for DCA Reagan Airport.
Volunteering at the Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) Memorial:
The pathways and steps at the Marine Memorial pose a serious trip and fall risk to veterans. Some of the hubs ask for our volunteers to be present and assist their veterans while they visit the Marine Memorial. When such opportunities arise, a notice will be sent out via the listserv and also posted to our schedule on the blog asking for your support.
There is plenty of free parking at the Marine Memorial.
Volunteering at the World War II, Korean, or Vietnam Memorial:
There are volunteers who greet veterans directly at the Memorials. To do so, there is no need to rsvp to us. Just show up. If we know the times the Veterans will be at the WWII Memorial, we list it on the schedule.
There is free parking near the Memorials on Ohio Drive, in the Tidal Basin parking lot (near the paddleboats), and around the National Mall. Please note that many of these free spaces are only for two to three hours. If you park on a DC street, you must pay for parking with a meter or an electronic meter.
Additionally, you will quite likely meet other Honor Flight veterans who have arrived via BWI or IAD, or who are visiting their Memorials on bus trips. It is an awesome time.
Please check out the following link if you would like info on how to volunteer directly at the World War II Memorial; or learn new things about the Memorial to freshen up on your Tour Guide portfolio for the fall; or just to participate in and enjoy the valuable programs they offer to honor and remember our Heroes. You can also download their free app for the WWII Memorial here.