It was a touching moment in Washington today when a group of Minnesota schoolkids was about to board a flight home after a trip to the East Coast.
(Photo: Jim Gray)
Aviation pal Jim Gray, who works at St. Cloud’s KVSC by day, has been chaperoning the senior class at Buffalo Lake Hector high school, where his wife teaches.
For the last seven days, the kids have been getting a dose of history up close, visiting the historical sites in Washington, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Jamestown and New York City.
Their brush with “history” this morning was more personal.
As they waited to board their Sun Country flight home, the inbound flight from Green Bay was disgorging its passengers.
” As we are waiting to load our group onto the plane, we were told this was an ‘Honor Flight,’ filled with WWII vets brought to DC to see their memorial and others,” Gray reports.
So as the vets, many in wheelchairs, got off the plane, the kids gave them a standing ovation.
It was the Old Glory Honor Flight that left this morning from Appleton. An organization flies the vets to Washington free.