President Bush to Release Butterflies at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day to Honor Fallen Heroes

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WASHINGTON, DC - May 27 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The 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. About 100 youth that have lost loved ones will attend the ceremony with their TAPS Mentors (members of the Old Guard) and will release live butterflies prior to the official Memorial Day ceremony, just before President Bush's speech, 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 meaningful to the country at this time. The release of donated butterflies comes from the IBBA's "Wings of Hope" program.

TAPS Volunteer Judith Mathewson contacted Mona Miller of IBBA and worked with Jodi Hopper of IBBA's Wings of Hope to facilitate the butterfly release.

More information: Mona Miller or Jodi Hopper of IBBA, or Judith Mathewson, TAPS, (221) 243-3276, (703) 966-8241

Editor's Note May 31: the content of the above article was updated at the request of the IBBA, to correct errors in the version originally provided by IBBA, and is different from the original press release disseminated Friday May 27.

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