I just experienced a super fantastically organized Honor Flight trip for veterans so they would have the opportunity to enjoy Washington, D.C. on Oct. 8 and the memorial monuments that were erected to honor all members of the armed forces who served our country during World War II. We were also treated to a tour of the city.
Each vet was assigned a guardian who accompanied them as there was a lot of walking to be done. Wheelchairs were provided for those in need.
Throughout the trip, respect and appreciation was constantly shown to the veterans. At the airports, there were long lines of people applauding, shaking hands, taking our pictures and showing their appreciation in many different ways.
Some veterans received special recognition for hazardous duty they participated in while in service. Those who fought in Europe, survived the Normandy D-Day invasion landings, the Battle of the Bulge, etc., were honored; those who fought in the Pacific, battling from island to island, were likewise honored. All vets were honored and were given praise from a grateful nation for the sacrifices they made!
This was a very enjoyable, moving and emotional experience for me. When I saw the satisfaction on the faces of the vets enjoying themselves for the honor that they were receiving, it was an reward in itself.