The Honor Flight Network 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.
This particular flight -- out of Moline, Illinois -- was the first in our area to focus on Vietnam-era veterans.
Don is married to my TMBC friend, Linda. They were both very impressed with our local chapter of the Honor Flight -- and it seems to be driven largely by the sponsorship of our regional grocery store chain, Hy-Vee. After Don signed up to go, he attended an information meeting, and he and Linda also attended a special dinner the week before the flight. They were both surprised by how many volunteers were involved in the Honor flight -- and every event was extremely well organized -- with every possible detail taken care of.
It is a killer schedule. The veterans get to the airport at 5:30 AM. They fly to Washington D.C., get on buses, visit the various Memorials, and arrive back home by10:00 P.M. that night. YOUZA...
Every veteran has a "Guardian".
My sisters and I were having dinner that night -- and Deena was going to the airport to welcome home the Honor Flight. Her son-in-law was one of the Guardians, and her whole family would be there.
I thought it sounded like a GREAT idea -- and I knew both Linda and Don would be surprised to see mel IF I COULD FIND THEM....
|Because -- THE PLACE WAS PACKED!!|
|People were singing patriotic songs...and there was am impromptu trumpet player...|
|I had very little chance of actually FINDING my friend...|
|AND THEN I SAW THIS..!!|
|LP has ALWAY known how to dress for the occasion!!|
|My sister Deb and I were so delighted to be there on that night...|
|It felt like we were really a part of something special...something important...|
|When we found him, Don had the biggest smile you can imagine. I think it was a wonderful day, all around...|
|The entire team was color coded. Every vet wore a gold t-shirt, and every guardian wore blue. The HyVee administrators were in red shirts.|
|Both Don and Linda wanted to adopt their young guardian...I think his name was Koby. His real family also came out to welcome home this Honor Flight.|