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May 26, 2013

KELLY: Taking a ride on the Honor Flight - part II

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We then continued our tour, visiting the Vietnam and Korean monuments. We all had friends or children in these two wars, and we were happy that they had monuments to their service.

We visited the memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt, which was very impressive. Lee Wreyford and I had our picture taken by the statue of President Roosevelt. The bus then drove by the WWI memorial on the way to  Arlington National Cemetery. There we witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The precision marching of the military guards was something to behold. Wreaths were laid at the tomb, “Taps” was played and the guard changed. This is a must see if you visit Washington. 

We then visited the Iwo Jima Memorial and drove by the Air Force Memorial.  It has been nicknamed the Upside Down Bar Stool Memorial” because that is what it looks like. The bus then drove past the rebuilt section of the Pentagon on the way to Reagan airport. Washington is a beautiful city and we got to see one beautiful cherry tree in blossom. A storm had blown blossoms off trees along the Potomac river.

We had dinner at the airport and we were scheduled to depart for home at 6:40 p.m. and arrive at 9:05 p.m.  American Airlines had a computer problem so we did not get back to DFW until about 11:30 p.m. We were a tired-but-happy bunch of old veterans.

I want to say that my sponsor met all my needs and helped make my trip exceptional. She was a cheerful and friendly person and I was blessed to have her. I’m sure they were all very good. They were all doing a work of love and doing it very well, indeed. We veterans were a group of old men, 88 to 93 years old; some walked, some staggered, some were in wheel chairs and some had trouble getting on and off the bus. The guardians were always there to help and give words of encouragement. We loved them.

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