Honor Flight: Honoring World War II Veterans

My grandmother is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution – or DAR.  I’ll be honest and say  I know nothing about the DAR aside from the two events I’ve tagged along to, but I loved attending both times.  According to their website, DAR is “a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, patriotism and honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War.”

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Within this organization, my grandmother signed up for the Veterans Committee. Last year, she invited me to help pass out Valentine’s Day cards from elementary school children in a veteran clinic near her house.  It was so much fun seeing the veterans’ faces light up with smiles as they read the cards and snacked on some goodies we brought.  So when she told me about something called an “Honor Flight” a couple months ago,  I couldn’t resist!

On the Honor Flight website they state their mission: To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.

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 The specific flight welcoming party I went to was a couple days after the Pearl Harbor anniveresary for World War II – around 10 veterans, 2 of which survived Pearl Harbor.   I grabbed my camera and headed off to welcome home these AMAZING heroes.

   It was a huge turnout!  There were several different groups waiting at the airport, not only DAR members.

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When the news came that the veterans were about to be pushed into our area in their wheelchairs, we all got ready….

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The welcoming party was a complete surprise!

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After we had finished cheering and clapping, the person in charge had us gather around the veterans while a few people described the mission behind the Honor Flight and handed out special books and awards to the men.  It was so amazing seeing all these people – toddlers to grandparents – come together to cheer these men on.  After the speakers, everyone spread out to shake the veterans’ hands and talk.

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I had never heard of the Honor Flight organization before December and am so thankful I had the opportunity to welcome these men home from their memorial in Washington, DC.

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Hey! I’ve been super lazy recently and haven’t written in about two months….yep. No excuses.  I’ve had these pictures on my phone for the last few weeks so I wanted to at least get these up here despite writing being a little slow.

Happy New Year!!

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