WASHINGTON, May 24, 2015 – On a hot day in May 2014 more than 60 Veterans of World War II and The Korean War traveled from mid-Missouri to St. Louis, flying to Washington, DC for a whirlwind tour of the monuments dedicated to them, and all those that have served.
The men are there to remember their shared experience and the men and women they served with. Too many paying the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy.
Most of the men on this flight are in their mid-late 80s and 90s. They started just after midnight and would not return home for 24 hours. A long day for a person a fraction of their age, but made possible and doable by the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans.
And the care, concern and respect that those accompanying the Vets show is truly remarkable. The caregivers, many of them military themselves, shower the Veterans with kindness, patience and love.
But don’t get in their way. They are there to honor, and protect these Vets and they do so very well.
The group works tirelessly collecting the money and arranging donations from partners like Southwest Airlines, that allow them to safely transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.
The honor to meet this honor flight was made possible as my father, Jerry J. Kubin who served on the USS Randolph during World War II. For myself and my son, it was a day to not be missed as the group toured the World II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
One the groups website is a schedule of upcoming tours. If you are in DC, take the time to stop by and see “America’s greatest generation” getting the honors they deserve.
All Photos @Jacquie Kubin
From the Honor Flight Network website:
Within the next five to seven years, honor flights for most World War II vets and many Korean War vets will cease as these American heroes will be gone.
If America thought it was important to build a memorial to their service and sacrifice, Honor Flight Network believes it’s important for them to visit their memorial before it’s too late.
These flights are not possible without the donations of sponsors and individuals. Please mail your tax deductible donation to:
Honor Flight, Inc.
Attn: Diane Gresse
300 E. Auburn Ave.
Springfield, OH 45505
Or make a donation by credit card by clicking here.
CFC # 67307
Thank you to every veteran of every war, and their families.