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Park Police and National Park Service to resume honor flight escort

It’s Military Appreciation Month, and the leaders of the Honor Flight Network are celebrating the 250,000th visit to the program by a veteran at the National Mall.

It’s Military Appreciation Month, and the leaders of the Honor Flight Network are celebrating the 250,000th visit to the program by a veteran at the National Mall.

On Tuesday, Elizabeth Dole, a former senator who, along with her late husband, was a longtime supporter of the Honor Flight Network, will attend the event.



Dole’s late husband, Senator Bob Dole, was a World War II veteran. The two veterans often accompanied Honor Flight tours of the World War II Memorial.

The network arranges for veterans to visit DC to see memorials that honor their service. According to the organization, 25,000 veterans a year were able to make the trip to the national capital.

Starting June 1, the National Park Service and US Park Police will resume their partnership with the Honor Flight program. Park rangers and park police will again welcome veterans to the memorial of their choice, assist with parking, and provide ranger-led programs for visitors.

The program had been suspended in the spring of 2020 due to COVID-19.

“It’s a very satisfying thing for a police officer” to bring veterans to memorials, said Sgt. Thomas Twiname, a Park Police spokesman.

“Different generations of veterans all have different experiences,” Twiname said, adding that many veterans had never visited DC before their visit to the National Mall. “We respect and honor the service our veterans have given to our country.”

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