Honor Flights [Video]

5 Jul

In my personal experience, military veterans are a humble group.  The don’t ask for attention or praise.  Some weren’t given the choice to serve – they were required to do so.  Yet they served with noble hearts, ready to sacrifice everything if necessary for the sake of freedom.  Others enlisted willingly, believing it was their duty or calling to serve.  All deserve our gratitude.

There is an organization whose sole purpose is to show appreciation to veterans of U.S. wars.  The Honor Flight Network transports our military heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective memorials.  Top priority is currently given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Time is of the essence as it is estimated more than 900 of our WWII veterans are passing away each day so their focus is to get as many to the memorial as possible before it’s too late.  Veterans of other wars, such as Korean and Vietnam, are given this opportunity as time and space allow.

Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has transported more than 81,000 veterans of WWII, Vietnam, and Korea to their memorials in Washington, D.C.  The organization uses volunteer guardians to accompany the veterans on the flight to D.C., for their tour of the memorial, and back home.  The guardians are asked to pay their own way, but the trip for the veteran is covered by the organization.

One of my friends forwarded the following video to me of the arrival of an Honor Flight at Reagan National Airport in March of this year.  Many of the passengers in the terminal stopped what they were doing, came over, and applauded as the veterans exited the plane.  I can only imagine how it touched those soldier’s hearts to receive such appreciation!

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The video first appeared in an article by Chris Muller at his blog, MullerOver.com.  Chris writes a really nice piece about his thoughts on what took place at Reagan National that day.  If you’d like to read it, click here.

The Honor Flight Network is able to provide these trips through donations and volunteers.  If you are interested in helping them out, either with a few dollars or maybe by volunteering to take a trip with a group of veterans, visit honor flight.org for more details.

♥ Rachel


2 Responses to “Honor Flights [Video]”

  1. Jennifer Cooper July 5, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I really shouldn’t have watched that video at work because I don’t wear waterproof mascara! That was a great video!

  2. rachturner July 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Wasn’t that sweet? Maybe I should have included a “may induce tears” disclaimer at the beginning. :)

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