June 5, 2015

Veterans visit D.C. monuments, memorials through Honor Flight Network

Senior Airman Hailey Haux
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
(U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
Daniel Keel a Tuskegee Airman and World War II veteran poses for a photo at the Air Force Memorial during an honor flight visit to Washington, D.C., May 27.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Whether standing at the Air Force memorial or silently observing the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, a program gives military veterans the chance to see monuments and landmarks in the Washington metropolitan area.

The Honor Flight Network flies veterans here to visit memorials that honor their service to the nation.

“I have never been to Washington and a few people who had been on this honor flight told me this is a big deal and it really means something to me now,” said former Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Richard Kappel, a World War II prisoner of war. “The changing of the guard has been my favorite part of the tour; it was very touchy feely. I am so glad I came here.”

On a recent visit here, honorees of the Villages Honor Flight from North Central Florida had a jam-packed day visiting the Air Force Memorial, National Mall, U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.

“I am really amazed at what I have seen so far and I have enjoyed every minute of it — I would love to bring my grandkids down here some time,” said Daniel Keel, a Tuskegee Airman and a World War II veteran, flight officer, navigator, bombardier and B-24 pilot. “What I tell most youngsters nowadays is the Air Force is a good place to be.”

With hubs around the country and several trips here every month, the Honor Flight Network is dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.

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