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Public invited to cheer on Vietnam heroes at Honor Flight celebration

09/26/2017 12:13PM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw
Staff Writer

On Oct. 15 at about 6 p.m. in the parking lot of The Lamb Tavern in Springfield, more than 150 veterans of the Vietnam War will return from a trip to Washington, D.C. as guests of Honor Flight Philadelphia, and receive a red-carpet entrance to a celebration that will be held in their honor.
Before they enter the restaurant, another celebration will take place -- one Vietnam vets have waited far too long for -- and the general public is invited.
The Honor Flight Philadelphia Tour of Heroes is inviting members of civic organizations, scouts, cheerleaders and fellow veterans to gather at the restaurant and applaud the veterans as they enter the restaurant.
The Honor Flight Philadelphia Tour of Heroes will launch its mission with veterans on a “Report For Duty" that will depart from The Lamb Tavern, flanked by a state police escort from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., and will visit Arlington National Cemetery and other major war memorials.
Now in its 16th year, Honor Flight Philadelphia is a non-profit organization created to honor the military service and sacrifices of America’s veterans by transporting them without cost, to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at war memorials erected in their honor. Trips like these are made possible through the financial support of such corporate sponsors as Axalta and PECO, and the able assistance of several thousands of Philadelphia area volunteers. As one of 138 Honor Flight hubs in the U.S., Honor Flight Philadelphia has taken over 2,300 veterans to Washington, D.C. since 2011, with top priority given to World War II survivors and terminally ill veterans of other wars.
On each bus trip, every veteran is assigned a personal “Guardian” who serves as the veteran’s personal escort for the day-long trip to Washington, D.C., and the cavalcade will also receive a full police escort to and from the nation's capitol.
“Bring your American flags, bring your 'Welcome Home' signs and bring your love for our heroes who truly deserve it,” said Andrew Schiavello, President of Honor Flight Philadelphia. “When you see the deep emotion of the faces of the veterans as they accept the thanks from a grateful nation -- one they may never have been provided before -- it will feel more like they have given you a gift than you have given them."
The Lamb Tavern is located at Sproul Rd. (Rt. 320), Springfield, Pa. For additonal information about the Oct. 15 event, contact Andrew Schiavello, President of Honor Flight Philadelphia, at 610-662-1812, or Email: [email protected]
To learn more about Honor Flight Philadelphia, visit
To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email [email protected].