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President Bush to Release Butterflies at Arlington National Cemetery
on Memorial Day to Honor Fallen Heroes
Published: Fri, 27 May 2005

The Department of Defense's Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has scheduled a ceremony to honor and remember heroes who lost their lives in the service of our country or during terrorist attacks. Over 100 youth that have lost loved ones will attend the ceremony and each will release a live butterfly with President Bush, the IBBA announced today.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is assisted by the International Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA) as commercial butterfly farmers from all over the United States have donated butterflies to this healing ceremony for the youth, their loved ones and victims of war and tragedy.

The commercial butterfly breeders were extremely happy to send specially packaged butterflies to be released at this ceremony which they felt extremely meaningful to the country at this time. The release of donated butterflies comes from the IBBA's "Wings of Hope" program.

Lieutenant Colonel Judith Mathewson of Department of Defense worked with Jodi Hopper of IBBA's Wings of Hope to facilitate the butterfly release.

Posted: 26 May 2005