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Group seeks veterans for trip to Washington

Old Dominion Honor Flight (ODHF) is seeking veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War for a trip to Washington, D.C. April 25.

The group will visit the memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifice and service. The trip is free for veterans.

Veterans who served from Dec. 7, 1941 to April 30, 1975 who have not been on an Honor Flight trip may apply to be part of ODHF Mission 2. Because space is limited, priority is given to World War II veterans and those who are terminally ill (must be verified by a doctor).

ODHF is also seeking guardians, who serve as personal escorts for each veteran and ensure that their day is truly memorable. There is mandatory training and a fee to serve as a guardian.

To request an application, send an e-mail to OldDominionHF@gmail. com.

ODHF serves veterans from Elizabeth City, N.C. up through Hampton Roads and Richmond to Fredericksburg, (including the Eastern Shore) and west to Farmville. ODHF Mission 2 will depart from both the Embassy Suites-Hampton Convention Center in Hampton and American Legion Post 175 in Mechanicsville.

In addition to the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials, ODHF Mission 2 will also visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, and Arlington National Cemetery.

“A trip to Washington, D.C. with Old Dominion Honor Flight is an all-day, immersive event,” Mission Director Matt Hartman said. “It is designed to provide our nation’s heroes with honor and closure and is described by many participants as a truly ‘once in a lifetime’ event.

“Our sole mission is to honor America’s veterans for their service. We took 86 veterans to Washington, D.C. on ODHF Mission 1 in November and we want to take even more on Mission 2. We invite our World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to apply to be a part of this amazing experience.”