A very close friend of mine was selected to be a guardian on an Honor Flight to Washington DC. The guardians are the companions-of-the-day for WWII and terminally ill veterans as they travel to DC to see the memorials and other DC sights. She said that it was one of the most profound experiences that's she's had (and she's had a lot of them). When they got back to their home airport, she said that there were between 3000-4000 people waiting for them. The crowd included boy and girl scout troops, parents with their children, family members and others who choose this way to honor our veterans.
She said it was managed perfectly and the veterans received a 'mail call' on the flight home that contained letters from friends and family. She said that the veterans as well as the other guardians were all phenomenal with as much laughter as tears throughout the day.
The words just were pouring out of her so fast as she tried to convey to me the essence of something that just has to be experienced. She flew out of Wisconsin but says that there are over 30 states with their own Honor Flights. I'm going to look into it.
2 weeks ago