Sunday, April 25, 2010

WWII Vets Welcomed

Mike and I have been in D.C. the past few days on business - Mike with his court stuff and me with research at the National Archives and DAR Library. Yesterday was a long travel day that started with our arriving at the Reagan National airport in D.C. around 8 a.m. and ended with our finally getting home near 1 a.m. this morning. Long story, but the second leg of our flight into Memphis got canceled and we spent ten hours in Charlotte.

The day, however, started off with a bright spot in the D.C. airport. As we got in line for the security check, we saw and heard a group of folks clapping and hollering as several elderly men exited the gate area of the airport. Soon, people standing in line started clapping their hands as well. The men (and some women!) were World War II veterans who were arriving in the nation's capital as part of the Honor Flight organization which is a nonprofit, volunteer-run network that honors World War II veterans by flying them, free of charge, to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.

As we passed through security and entered the gate area, there was a large welcoming crowd along with a small band that was playing patriotic tunes. Every veteran was getting off the plane with a huge smile on his or her face. Some were in wheel chairs, and all were very happy to be there. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, click here to learn about a tax-deductible gift. You may even know of an Itawamba veteran who would be interested to learn of this entirely free flight to see their memorial.

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