On April 16, I was fortunate to have been on the last Honor Flight for World War II and Korean War veterans. What an uplifting and emotional trip.
I should like to thank all the folks who turned out to greet us both at the Reagan National Airport and again at the Myrtle Beach International Airport upon our return: the Boy and Girl Scout groups; the church groups; the musicians; and all other individuals.
Also a special thanks to my family and to the young people who took time to write a note to the veterans; Ana, Dana, Gabriel, Henry, Jacob, Jennifer, Jessica, Kinner, Trevor, Trey, Ty, and Vincent. Also any others who may not have been in my mail call. A special thank you to the ladies of New Life Lutheran Church for their gift of comfort.
Words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, promoters and supporters, the guides, medical staff, the guardians who looked after us like good shepherds, and to all others who gave of themselves to make this trip possible.
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You should know that you touched the heart and soul of many old folks by your efforts.
It is a shame that another organization cannot be formed and in operation to continue these flights to send other Korean and Vietnam veterans to see the haunting and emotional monuments erected in their honor. Please think about it and step up to the challenge.
The writer lives in Surfside Beach