LETTER: Trip to D.C. with vets was memorable
Published 4:20 pm Saturday, June 19, 2010
On June 16, 2010, I had the opportunity and great privilege to accompany World War II veterans on their Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial built in their honor. There were Korea, Vietnam and Iraq veterans along with sons, daughters, and grandchildren that accompanied them on their journey. A medical team was also along to see to any needs they may have, of which I was a part of.
It was a journey that I will never forget — landing in D.C., being met by service men and women, and the volunteers who help with all details that this takes. The veterans, the oldest was 98, walked off the plane to cheers from all that greeted them.
It was a journey that I will never forget. After seeing the World War II Memorial sitting between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, we toured the city, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Arlington National Cemetary, where we were able to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Iwo Jima Memorial was our last stop before heading back to the airport for the trip home.
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Arriving back in Iowa, they were greated by family and veterans groups to welcome them home. The men and women came off the plane smiling and waving.
My heartfelt thanks to all the veterans who serve this country and to all the volunteers that make this trip possible and letting me be part of it.