8.28 Brushy Creek Honor Flight Greeting CANCELLED

Wonderful Patriotic Volunteers,

While we know and appreciate that you signed up for the greeting on Saturday, we regret to announce that Saturday’s greeting has been CANCELLED.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Honor Flight that had previously been scheduled to arrive in the Main Terminal will now be diverted to a private area that is not accessible to the general public.
We know how long it has been since you were able to “Welcome” our special guests of honor, and if we could make this happen, we would.  As always, volunteers are more than welcome to spend the day in DC and visit our heroes at their memorials.
Please follow along on our Facebook page and website for any other changes to the schedule.  

We greatly appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you in the future, hopefully soon.  Stay healthy and safe and God Bless 
America!

OUR HEROES ARE COMING!!!

Greetings Dulles Honor Flight Volunteers-
It has been a long time in coming but, we are thrilled to announce our upcoming schedule for the 2021 Fall season.  While many hubs have delayed flying until 2022, we have a few opportunities to greet our beloved veterans and provide them with their long awaited THANK YOU!  
As we have all learned to adapt to the changes in our daily lives, likewise, there will be a few changes to the procedures at our greetings.
—-IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19, OR HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), PLEASE DO NOT COME GREET AT THE AIRPORT.
—-Greeters/Volunteers will be separated from Veterans/Guardians as much as possible using stanchions or other barriers that provide a safe distance between the 2 groups.  Please do not cross these barriers.  Please practice social distancing.
—-Please do not attempt to hug, shake hands or touch the veterans.  While this has been a major part of our greetings in the past, (and what many of us loved MOST!), it is imperative to insure the safety of all by eliminating physical contact.  
—-Per federal law, masks are required at all times inside the airport terminals. Children under age 2 and people with medical conditions which prevent the wearing of face coverings are exempt. Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
—-This year we would like an abundance of red, white and blue in the terminal and ask that volunteers wear patriotic colors instead of the yellow Honor Flight shirts.  We will have a supply of American flags on hand.
Our greatest concern is the safety and well being of everyone involved with the Honor Flight day; veterans, guardians and greeters. We ask that you adhere to all of the above guidelines and hopefully, one day in the very near future, we will be able to warmly embrace our vets, extend a hearty handshake and see the huge smiles on their non masked faces.

Signups for greeting are listed on our 2021 Schedule Page Here. We can’t wait to see you at the airport soon!

HELLOOOOOO Friends!! We’ve MISSED you!!

It feels like it’s been years since we’ve seen you…and that’s not far from the truth. We hope that this finds everyone healthy and well amidst the pandemic. We have an update from Honor Flight National Office That we would like to share with you all:

“The current Honor Flight travel suspension remains in place through June 30, 2021, for the time being.  The HFN staff and Board are continuing to monitor developments in vaccine distribution and relevant restrictions in the DC area.   The Board will continue to meet monthly to monitor the situation.”

We hope that our flights will be able to resume soon, and we will continue to update you as we get more information. Thank you all for your continued support!!

Dulles Ground Crew

Update on Spring Schedule

From our national office March 18, 2020:

In response to a growing number of calls, emails and messages regarding Honor Flight trips planned for May, the Honor Flight Network Board of Directors met this evening to discuss the current CDC guidelines and outlook for the coming weeks.  Based on the information currently available, the Board has determined to extend the current mandatory suspension of all Honor Flight trips through May 31, 2020.  

Flight Alert

!! FLIGHT ALERT !! From our national office Honor Flight.org:

Today, we announced that the Honor Flight Network will postpone all trips through April 30, 2020 in response to the growing health concerns over the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The Board of Directors made this difficult decision following an alert issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which advised that adults over the age of 60 are particularly at risk of infection and should avoid all non-essential air travel. Unfortunately, the vast majority of our veterans fall into the CDC’s high-risk category. Many of our veterans also live in community settings, such as retirement homes or assisted living facilities, where the risk of spreading illness is extremely high.

Honor Flight trips are a once in a lifetime opportunity for America’s veterans, but their safety is our highest priority. We will continue to assess if any extension needs to be made beyond April 30 as more information is provided by health authorities. Honor Flight participants with questions about their individual trip should contact their local Honor Flight hub.

Summer break and Fall schedule is posted!!

Good morning Honor Flight Volunteers!!

Your Dulles crew is in the middle of our summer break, enjoying time with family and friends while our flights trickle off until the fall. The summer months are VERY HOT on the National Mall, and the Honor Flight hubs typically find it a little more challenging bringing our great heroes our for a day in DC. There are still a few opportunities to greet with our friends at DCA and BWI, and if you are just itching to get your greeting on, you can find more information about those groups on our “other opportunities to greet” page under volunteering.

Our preliminary fall schedule is posted on the 2019 schedule page!! We are excited to have many of our familiar hubs coming back through IAD, as well as a new one, San Antonio de Valero, kicking us off with a departure from IAD on September 6th. Please know that this schedule will continue to be updated as we get more information throughout the summer. The signups are still being drafted, and there will be another announcement when they go live.

Finally, we do have our summer break away message on email. If you need something, please know that we will get back to you, but at a more relaxed pace in these summer months. We promise we will be back in the swing of things in time to get you all together for our greetings in September. THANK YOU ALL for your dedication and support to our heroes. We couldn’t be more proud of our group, and we continue to love what we do because of all of you!

HAPPY SUMMER!!!! Your Dulles Ground Crew

Last Honor Flight of the Spring is SATURDAY!!

Good evening Everyone, We have our last Honor Flight of the season coming in next Saturday:

6/22– SATURDAY _                                                                                     Roberta               

10.   North Country Honor Flight (NY)                                                  15 Veterans / 15 Guardians           

Arrive:         11:30 AM

Depart:        6:30PM (4:30 PM Return to Airport)

We would LOVE to have as many volunteers as we can get for this LAST Honor Flight for the Spring!! If you can’t join us Saturday, our flights will start up again in late August!!
You can sign up to greet HERE!!
Thank you ALL for coming out!!! 

NEW HONOR FLIGHT ADDED!!

HELLO EVERYONE!!!We recently received information that we have just added a flight to our schedule for next week!!! Here are the details:5/7 – TUESDAY _                                                                                                           Colleen                 4.     Kern County Honor Flight (CO)                                                       105 Veterans / 57 Guardians           Arrive:         BWI         Depart:        5/9 THURSDAY 4:00PM (2:00PM Return to IAD)  ***GROUP ARRIVES INTO BWI BUT, DEPARTS FROM IAD*****

This will be a DEPARTURE ONLY greeting, but we absolutely need greeters!!!There will be gate passes for this flight!!
Please sign up to greet HERE or go to our website www.heroeswelcomeiad.com and look under 2019 schedule.
THANK YOU ALL!!!!