FALL FLYING SEASON
"BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME!"
The Fall Flying Season is on and Honor Flight Hubs are arriving almost daily. There are over 136 hubs spread across 42 states. They all fly several times a year so it's looking pretty successful. I try to stop by as often as possible as it remains an exciting experience. As a jaundiced photojournalist, I don't expect much of Washington but the Washington region has stepped up to the plate and let fly for Honor Flight. Four local hubs greet the flights, and behind the scenes, there are untold and uncounted volunteers like Glen Anderson who resupply the hubs with oxygen . Danielle Sturgis and Kathleen Drennan of DCA Honor Flight Volunteers are organizing not only daily and weekend greeting parties but also "Super Saturdays." Recently some seven hundred veterans and their guardians were greeted with signs, hugs, handshakes and salutes on one of these Saturdays. The schedule of "Super Saturdays" is posted on the DCA Honor Flight Volunteer website.
It is refreshing to document the enormous generosity of the thousands of volunteers and organizers and to date, I have almost 34,000 photographs stored in my online image library. On this particularly hot day,
water was being dispensed to every visitor at the Memorial whether they are part of Honor Flight or not. Dave Nichols,
board member of Honor Flight, was directing buses , Navy Volunteers lined up to sing and school children held their signs high to cheer the veterans as they entered the Memorial from Homeland Drive .
It’s a weekend "happening" for veterans, their children and families. The enormous camaraderie's that has grown up between everyone participating in Honor Flights is amazing.
The show at the Women in Military Service For America Memorial will be coming down November 2nd. I am happy that quite a few of the hubs were able to get by and see it. Nothing like having the finished product on display. The Women in Military Service For America Memorial welcome veterans groups for a lunch stop and will prepare the Memorial for your groups' comfort. It is one of the nicest and quietest places on the Mall and the terrace view is stunning.
While we have ample supplies of the DC PHOTO BOOK, I am down to the last few cases of the WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall. I have just approved the proofs for another printing which will be coming in October 21st. Make your plans now for holiday gifts. Amazon always carries a supply and if you a Prime member, shipping is free. My plans for letting Amazon handle case quantities seems to be unworkable so please continue to get in touch with the studio for case supplies.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial poster, which we are donating to Honor Flights transitioning to Korea with the DC PHOTO BOOK, has been reordered due to its popularity. The poster below is given to only Honor Flights and is not sold with the book at stores or other outlets.
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