Saturday, October 15, 2011

Honoring Our WWII Veterans

Off we went yesterday to see Kirk's dad and hear all about his trip to Washington D.C. on the last Honor Flight from Wyoming. Kirk's dad and his brother are the two veterans in blue shirts in the center of the picture. Here they are riding a bus with others bound for Cheyenne, Wyoming where they were included in the last eighty Wyoming veterans of WWII to make the flight who wanted to go and were able to go. 

Since 2009 Wyoming has been sending veterans to the WWII memorial, expenses paid, at a rate of 100 to 160 vets per flight and this was the sixth and final flight. More than 600 veterans were flown over the past few years courtesy of volunteers and private donations.  

Kirk's dad was the youngest, at 85, of the eighty vets on this final  flight. Doing a little research on the Honor Flight Networks background, I found the following informative site:

The program started in 2005 and spread to many states. I found it interesting since Kirk's dad is 85, that a man who was his age in 2010 would have been 18 on D-Day. Yes, Kirk's dad served during the final days of the war.
Men and women of the military lined the streets of the Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming to salute these honored guests and as they prepared to fly out another group from the Air National Guard lined up to pay their respects.
Then when they flew into D.C. a group of citizens lined the airport lobby...

The children eager to hug these vets who are now veteran in another respect -- veteran grandpas, well versed in giving little ones hugs and kisses.
Our Wyoming representatives also paid tribute to them. Senator Borraso is standing here with Kirk's dad and Uncle.
And military personnel and citizens lined the sidewalks into the WWII Memorial as they past.
Each wreath on a pillar represents a state.
Wouldn't it have been an honor to journey with these men and seen there reactions and had been able to say our own great big Thank You?

May we always be grateful to those who serve us in the military and the sacrifices they make that we might freely go on with our everyday lives.

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