Response to the dedication ceremony announcement is tremendous, and
many seek additional details.

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument Dedication
Ceremony is scheduled for 4:00 PM, April 18, 2018 at the Arlington
National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater (located directly behind the
Tomb of The Unknown Soldier). No tickets are required, and there are
no fees. All are warmly invited to attend.

At 4:50 PM following the retiring of the colors, a wreath-laying
ceremony will commence with flowers carried from the amphitheater to
the nearby monument located on Memorial Drive in Section 35, a short
75-yard walk. Those wishing to honor their lost loved one or military
unit with flowers are welcome to join the procession with their wreath
or bouquet.

Following the dedication ceremony, a reception will be held at 5:30 to
7:00 PM at The Women In Military Service For America Memorial (WMSAM)
located near the cemetery Welcome Center at the west end of Memorial
Avenue. All Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Families, dedication ceremony
attendees and distinguished visitors are invited to attend the
post-dedication event.

The VHPA North Carolina Chapter will provide a combat UH-1 for display
in front of the WMSAM for the April 18th ceremonies. The helicopter is
the perfect symbol to complement the event and will remind all
visiting ANC of the courage and sacrifice of those who operated
rotary-wing aircraft in the Vietnam War. Our thanks in advance to the
North Carolina Chapter for this worthy contribution.

Funding for the April 18th activities must be paid for with private
donations and contributions. Although the VHPA has paid for the
construction and installation of the monument, the day’s events still
need funding. We ask for your financial support. Please consider
donating to cover the expenses of complementary souvenir programs,
transportation, and reception expenses. All donations are
tax-deductible, and any funds remaining after expenses are met will go
to the VHPA scholarship fund. Checks can be made out to: VHPA Monument
Fund. Please mail your donation to:

2100 N HWY 360, Suite 907
Grand Prairie, TX 75050-1030

Accommodations in the immediate area of Arlington National Cemetery
are likely to be expensive due to cherry blossom season and Congress
being in session on April 18th. For those on a tight budget, we
suggest considering hotels away from the downtown district having
access to the great Washington Metro system (ANC has its own station
stop). The closer to the Washington Mall, the more expensive hotels
become, and most near ANC are all well over $200 a night. The best
locations found under $200 are:

1. Marriott Courtyard Springfield 6710 Commerce Street Springfield,
Virginia 22150
2. Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 3111 Fairview Park Drive Falls
Church, Virginia 22042
3. Fairfield Inn & Suites Alexandria 6421 Richmond Highway Alexandria,
Virginia 22306
4. Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town/Duke Street 1456 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
5. Courtyard Arlington Crystal City/Reagan National Airport 2899
Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, Virginia 22202
6. Holiday Inn Express Springfield 6401 Brandon Ave, Springfield, VA,
22150 United States, 866-925-4143
7. Courtyard Potomac Mills Woodbridge 14300 Crossing Pl. Woodbridge,
VA 22192 USA
8. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Woodbridge 14030 Telegraph Road,
Woodbridge, VA 22192

It would be an honor to have you join with us on April 18, 2018, as we
conclude the four-year effort to build and place the Vietnam
Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument within the nation’s most
hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery. All are welcome to join
us as we honor the young men who gave “…the full measure of devotion”
operating rotary-wing aircraft in the Vietnam War.