WILLIAMSBURG - A group dedicated to honor WWII veterans is making its eighth trip to Washington, DC so veterans can see the Memorial that was built in their honor on the National Mall.
The October 20 trip is organized by Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia. In the first seven outings, more than 600 WWII veterans from Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina made the trip and also saw Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial, and other significant monuments and memorials.
The universal reaction was one of sincere enjoyment and appreciation, officials said.
Matt Hartman, Director of the local Honor Flight Chapter, said, "The United States is currently losing its World War II veterans at a rate of 700 per day. It is now more important than ever we make sure that these heroes have the chance to see the Memorial – their memorial.”
Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia organizes two bus trips a year and veterans in wheelchairs can be accommodated. The trips are free and are open to all WWII veterans who have not already visited the National WWII Memorial with the Honor Flight Network. Korean War Veterans may also participate when space is available
Meals are provided and all veterans on the trip are accompanied by a trained volunteer guardian who will assist the veteran for the entire day.
For more information or to serve as a guardian on one of the trips, go to the Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia Website or call 1-800-619-0578.