New Parking Information, PLEASE READ!!

Hello Wonderful Honor Flight Volunteers-
Please read the following information regarding changes in the parking policy for all volunteers/greeters. 

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, all Honor Flight volunteers must park in GARAGE 1  instead of the hourly terminal parking lot.   Parking in Garage 1 provides cover from the elements, and has a much lower volume at the cashier lanes, which provides for smoother exits for both volunteers and airport customers alike.  While this may seem like an inconvenience, the airport authorities have been very generous to our organization by offering free parking ever since we began greeting flights at Dulles.  Our parking location may have changed but, we will still enjoy the benefit of not having to pay any fees to do so.  All current airport volunteers (i.e. USO and Traveler’s Aid Volunteers) will also be making this change.
 
 
There are 2 entrances to GARAGE 1:
From the Service Rd/Aviation Dr:   -Stay in left lane, past the Marriott to traffic light.  Turn left at the light for the entrance to Garage 1.  From this entry, you will enter the garage on Level 2.  Once in the garage, drive toward the signs that read Terminal.  If you park near the Terminal signage you will be close to either the elevator or stairs as you will need to go down to Level 1 to get the Shuttle bus.  There is no signage directing you to the Shuttle bus until you get to the elevator.
From the main entrance off of the Toll Rd and Route 28:     –  Continue on road to the Terminal staying in the extreme right hand lane, the road curves to the right to Garage 1.  From this entry, you will enter the garage on Level 1, the same level as the Shuttle bus shelters/stops.  Remember the Shuttle bus stop number.

When entering Garage 1, pull a ticket from the machine.  Bring it into the terminal to be validated with the stamp by the designated Honor Flight lead.  Print and sign the ticket on the non magnetic side.  DO NOT trade tickets if you are arriving in a group.  Every driver must present the same ticket they received upon entering the garage when they exit the garage.  This procedure has not changed.  Your validated ticket allows exit from Garage 1 ONLY.  VALIDATED TICKETS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE TOLL PAZA IN THE HOURLY LOT.  If you choose to park in the Hourly Lot, you will be charged the standard hourly rate.
 
The Garage 1 shuttle buses run every 5 minutes.  Once on the bus, passengers are transported and dropped off at Terminal Door #2. This is the door closest to the escalators that will take you upstairs to where the majority of our greetings take place.
PLEASE REMEMBER WHERE YOU PARK.
When leaving the main terminal after an Honor Flight arrival or departure concludes, walk down the Door #2 ramp and out the door.  Board the bus marked GARAGE 1.
Exit Garage 1 through the cashier lane.
As always, we appreciate all of our volunteers and the precious time they dedicate to our deserving veterans.  Thank you for your patience and understanding through the implementation of this change.
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Sign Ups are POSTED!!!

Hello EVERYONE!!! We are excited to announce that the sign ups for our spring season are now LIVE on our schedule page. So please make sure you sign up to greet our nation’s heroes and we look forward to seeing you in the next few weeks. 

If you have any questions, please email us at HeroeswelcomeIAD@gmail.com.

Get Ready…

Good morning fabulous Dulles volunteers!! Your faithful Dream Team is just waking up from a long winter’s nap and getting ready for our Spring season. 

In the next week we will be attending the Honor Flight Summit in Baltimore, MD to get the wheels rolling on our 2017 flights. The summit is held once a year before the beginning of the season to allow ALL of our hubs to get together with the ground crews (us, BWI, and DCA) to plan the trips for our veterans, finalize some details, coordinate the buses, meals, visits to the memorials, etc and so on. A LOT of planning and preparation  (and fundraising) goes into planning just ONE Honor Flight Mission. Can you imagine that times 45 states?? (If not, check back in a little over a week, I’ll be posting statistics.)

So start getting your yellow shirts out and brush up on your waving, handshakes, hugs and smiles, we’ll be back in a couple of weeks with more information. 

Oh- and for those of you REALLY early birds – 

THE SPRING SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED IN MARCH!!! 😁

Enjoy the winter while it’s here, Your Dream Team

New flights added to the Fall schedule and SIGNUPS are POSTED!!!

We are so excited about our Fall season beginning in less than a month, and we have been working hard to get everything ready to begin with our first flight (so far) on September 6th!! This IS a change to the earlier information we had, so please check your schedules and sign up to join us.

Links for signups are now LIVE on our 2016 Schedule page! Come join us and greet our heroes!!!

If you have any questions, please contact us at heroeswelcomeiad@gmail.com.

A little update from the Dream Team…

Well, this spring may have been rainy and cold here in Northern Virginia but, our greetings this season have been as heartwarming as ever!  We have seen many new faces at the airport this year and are happy that so many of you have joined us in welcoming our nation’s great heroes.

So many of our Honor Flight hubs nationwide have done such a great job reaching out to their WWII vets, that we are seeing a greater number of Korean vets making the trips.  It is amazing to see how quickly  these “young” folks can make their way through the airport!
Thanks to all of you who have turned out at the airport…….to the Boy and Girl Scouts, homeschool groups, American Heritage Girls, Young Men Service League, sports teams, bands, bikers, senior groups and businesses that have joined us this year, WE THANK YOU!!!
Just a few flights left until our summer hiatus…….sign up here so you don’t miss out on this incredibly rewarding experience!

 

ONE WEEK ‘TIL OUR FIRST FLIGHT and a few changes!!

That’s right folks, we have ONE week until we welcome Never Forgotten Honor Flight from Wisconsin as our FIRST flight of the 2016 season!! We are getting our signs together and our hugs ready!! Are you with us?? Please sign up to greet on our 2016 Schedule.

ALSO there are TWO important changes to our schedule:

  1. Quad Cities on 4.21 will be arriving at 10:00AM, NOT 7:15AM.
  2. Honor Flight Southern Colorado will be departing out of BWI, not IAD as we thought.

Both of these changes are reflected on our schedule page.

We can’t wait to see you at the airport!!!

The Dream  Team