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Monday, May 11, 2009

Cmdr. Hapner Greets Northern California Honor Flight

On Saturday, the Northern California hub of the Honor Flight Network brought 35 WWII veterans to Washington on its inaugural visit to the National WWII Memorial.

AMVETS National Commander John C. Hapner was on hand at the memorial, along with former Sen. Bob Dole.

The Northern California hub of Honor Flight was founded in Yountville, Calif., by a group of AMVETS members who wanted to bring veterans from our nation's Greatest Generation to see their memorial before it is too late.

Honor Flight Network, the national non-profit dedicated to bringing WWII veterans to the memorial, set an ambitious goal of helping 35,000 WWII veterans see the nation's capitol in 2009.

(Photos: Top: AMVETS National Commander John C. Hapner addresses Northern California AMVETS who helped to organize the regional hub of Honor Flight during their inaugural visit to the National WWII Memorial on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Bottom: Cmdr. Hapner poses for a photo with former Sen. Bob Dole at the National WWII Memorial for the Northern California Honor Flight. Photos by Beryl Love.)


  1. Thank You Cmdr. Hapner for your visit. Several of our WWII Vets were very pleased to get to meet you. Like the Memorial, until this trip they never believed they would get a chance to meet you. I also want to thank Beryl Love for setting the ball in motion that allowed the National Commander to meet with us.

    Thomas L. Johnson Amvets Dept. of CA Northern Area Cmdr. & Cmdr of the Leo P. Simon Post 1996, Tres.Honor Flight of Nor Cal

  2. Cmdr. I was hoping that you may know about the picture senator Dole took with the two marines at the ww2 memorial