The WW II monument was completed in 2004 at time that most veterans of the War were in their late 80's making it difficult for many of them to see the memorial. Honor Flight began in 2005 and by the end of 2012 has transported more than 98,500 veterans to the memorial at no cost to them.
Time is running out to make this trip possible for remaining WW II veterans as most are in their 90s and more than 800 are dying every day.
My father served in the Navy during WW II and was so proud of all the military service of all our soldiers for our country. He died the year the memorial was completed. To honor him, I felt compelled to help make it possible for other veterans to make the trip. So I volunteered to be a guardian on one of the flights.I was assigned to 3 special veterans, who enriched my life by sharing this trip with them.
On May 4, 2011 Honor Flight out of New Bern, NC left very early in the morning carrying 108 veterans, 36 guardians, a medical team and 3 team leaders on a trip of a lifetime. A very emotional and reflective day.
|I am in awe of the courage and strength of our veterans, our Heroes.|
While at the memorial, it was wonderful see Honor Flights from other states arrive.
|Many veterans were in wheel chairs but thanks to |
their guardian, they were able to make the trip.
|One of the three veterans I assisted|
|The other two veterans who made the day special|
|The return home.|
This was a secret unknown to the veterans until they were surprised with "'Mail Call" on the trip home.
It was a true surprise and brought both happy smiles and tears as they enjoyed the supportive mail.
over 250 people complete with bands, cheers and Thank you's for their service!
|This banner was signed by all the veterans making the trip|
Consider becoming a guardian for a flight-it will be a day you will never forget!
Have you experienced an Honor Flight?
I would love to hear about it...