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A regional offshoot, Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia (HFHTVA), was founded in December, 2008 by current president Bob Doherty, and is run by a handful of volunteers. They have transported more than 350 Virginia veterans in four trips since then.

Because of the areas' proximity to the Capitol, the "flight" is a full day motor coach excursion, currently offered twice annually. Their next Honor Flight trip is scheduled for April, 2011. Trained volunteer "Guardians" assist the veterans for the entire day, and a staff of certified Emergency Medical Technicians and/or paramedics ensures everyone's safety.

My dad, Ralph Butler (87), Newport News, participated in HFHTVA's April 2010 trip, and I accompanied him as a Guardian. He served in the Army Air Corps, a photogrammetrist, later trained in combat photo intelligence, who read aerial photos of places like Dachau.

Me and my dad by Meryl Ann Butler

Our caravan was made up of three motor coaches and an ambulance, and was accompanied on the first leg of the trip by a police escort.

Motorcoach and ambulance by Meryl Ann Butler

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The veterans were invited to wear their uniforms if they still fit!

One veteran arrived in full uniform. by Honor Flight Historic Virginia Triangle


In addition to the WWII Memorial, other stops on our trip included Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Dad watches the Changing of the Guard, Arlington Cemetery by Meryl Ann Butler

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The mast of The Maine, Arlington Cemetery by Meryl Ann Butler

Our motor coach passed by the new U.S. Institute of Peace building, under construction.

US Institute of Peace under construction by Meryl Ann Butler

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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for writing such an appropriate article for this V... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:06:18 AM
my comment below...it wasn't meant with any disres... by zonie on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:31:22 AM
I'm glad you liked the article, I have been workin... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 11:37:58 AM
before he went on this trip. Walt was shot twice a... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 2:52:08 PM
You did a FABULOUS job of finding a way to offer a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 3:01:41 PM
and it's very timely that you're writing about it.... by Joan Brunwasser on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:16:46 PM
glad you liked the article! I just got a nice emai... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:44:06 PM
These people honored their oaths to this nation. ... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 6:58:14 PM
"I wish that each member in our government were re... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:18:26 PM
my husband and I were talking about. I think if y... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:22:23 PM
My son just called to say thank you to both my hus... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:45:05 PM
thanks for sharing so we can all bask in your glow... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 9:58:31 PM