1,000 Words: The Honor Flight

You’re a member of the Greatest Generation and you arrive at the airport in Milwaukee after a long day at the World War II museum in Washington when you find this.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight via Facebook.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight via Facebook.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight via Facebook.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight via Facebook.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight via Facebook.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight via Facebook.

In Minnesota, the next honor flights will be June in Duluth and April in the Twin Cities,

  • Gary F

    That’s a nice story.

    Remember a year or two ago when the Executive Branch of our government went out of it’s way and spent lots of dollars to deliberately keep these vets out of that memorial?

    • John O.

      (Psst: the Legislative Branch did its part too.) Try trolling harder, k?

      • Gary F

        I’ve been to the WW2 memorial. Except for a gift store, office and rest rooms, its a wide open area with no fences or permanent boundaries. As part of the government shut down, you could have put a sign on the couple of doors for the place and said “Closed due to shutdown”. But, the Executive Branch paid money to put up barricades around the whole exhibit, costing more money that if were just shut down. Except for the bathroom and gift shop, all these vets that planned for months to go to this site still could have enjoyed the memorial, but the Executive Branch went out of its way and ordered it shut down.

        Or Vets deserve better than that.

        • John O.

          Yes, our vets do deserve better than arriving at a closed-down WW2 memorial, no arguments from me on that point. These folks made it there and were rightly honored upon their return. Can’t we just leave it at that without having to always somehow get historical over the current administration?

          • KTN

            Shouldn’t that read hysterical.

          • John O.

            No, the usage of “historical” was intentional on my part.

        • David P.

          Yes, our vets deserve better. I remember escorting a group in 2007, veterans of the War in the Pacific. At least half were in wheel chairs.
          Our government was in full blown terrorist paranoia. The park security insisted on a TSA type of security check for each vet (shoes, belts, jackets, hats off, empty pockets, scan or wand). Our vets deserve better than that.

  • kevins

    Nice! my dad is coming 92 and is a survivor of Huertgen Forest in late ’44 and ’45 with the 9th Infantry. if a german sniper had been a bit more accurate, i would not be typing this. He and his like are a rare breed.