Veterans

May 16, 2012

World War II veterans greeted, honored during visit to nation’s capital

by SrA. Christina Brownlow
Washington, D.C.

James Blair, a World War II veteran, shakes hands with the crowd as he arrives at Ronald Reagan National Airport on an Honor Flight May 12, 2012. The veterans are in the nation’s capital on an Honor Flight trip to visit the memorials that are dedicated to those who fought for our freedom. The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.

The Honor Flight Network hosted 169 World War II veterans who were greeted at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as they landed to visit and reflect at memorials throughout the local area.

The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Top priority is given to the senior World War II survivors, along with other veterans who may be terminally ill.

The veterans arrived from Florida on two flights and required 195 guardians, support volunteer and medical personnel to make these flights possible.

Upon arrival the veterans, were greeted by 85 military members and their families, the Falls Church Concert Band, and hundreds of bystanders.

These trips give veterans who might not otherwise get the chance to see the monuments, the honor to see them and the local community the chance to honor the veterans for their service while they are visiting the nation’s capital.

MSgt. Amy Winn, executive assistant to the Air Force chief of staff, has been greeting the honor flights for the last two years.

“To spend time with our country’s greatest generation is so worth it. These men and women did their service not expecting anything in return,” Winn said.

With approximately 900 WWII veterans passing away each day, the Honor Flight Network continues to do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our heroes at no cost to them.

“What gets to me the most is that a lot of the vets look at us (greeters at the airport) and they thank us for our service. Their service is honored by current members of the military,” Winn said. “I owe it to them. We all do.”

Harvey Bennett, a World War II veteran, is overcome by emotions during the Honor Flight reception at the Ronald Reagan National Airport on May 12, 2012. Bennett was of 169 veterans who visited the nation’s capital. The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.

Airmen salute a group of World War II veterans as they depart Ronald Reagan National Airport during their Honor Flight tour May 12, 2012. The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando

President awards Medal of Honor to former Army staff sergeant

Army photograph by Lisa Ferdinando President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the White House, July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation’s highest military honor for his action...
 
 
Army photograph by Lillian Boyd

Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Army photograph by Lillian Boyd Former Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient, is inducted into the Hall of Heroes during a Pentagon ceremony, July 22, 2014. Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted into the Pentag...
 
 
Marine Corps photograph

DOD identifies missing World War II Marine

Marine Corps photograph Marines wounded during the landing on Tarawa in November 1943 are towed out on rubber boats to larger vessels that will take them to base hospitals. The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office...
 

 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Sarah Hall-Kirchner

Airman’s remains returned home 62 years after his death

Air Force photograph by SrA. Sarah Hall-Kirchner Members of the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard transport the remains of Airman 3rd Class Howard Martin during a dignified arrival July 10, 2014, at the Indianapolis Internationa...
 
 

Acting VA secretary outlines problems, actions taken

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs July 15, Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists and into clinics. “The trust that is the foundation of all we do – the trust of...
 
 

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to host World War I 100th anniversary event

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in Europe as one of the nation’s premier historical aviation events, the World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will bring the excitement and adrenaline of early air power to Ohio, Sept. 27-28. The World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will feature vintage reproduction...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>