Thank you is such a small thing to say for all the blessings I received during the course of the WWII Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The applause, the expressions of gratitude and recognition of our service was such that it was hard to keep a straight face and at times, couldn’t hold back a few tears. To be in the company of the men and one woman who made up the veterans kept me in awe, as I heard their stories. The young Medal of Honor recipient, SSGT Sal Giunta, said it best when he said in effect, “We were trained and sent to do missions and we did our best to complete the missions and bring everyone home safe. There were times when unusual circumstances presented themselves and we did things considered above and beyond the call of duty, that may be so but, I would give up the Medal, all the accolades and privileges if my two buddies lives could be restored. There were thousands upon thousands whose story died with them, who would have met the criteria, almost half a million in WWII who are buried here and in cemeteries all over the world. These, who gave the full measure to our nation, are the true heroes.” I concur with his thoughts.
Dan B., 24 May 2011
I wish to thank each of you for giving me another reason for living. The trip to D.C. to view the WWII memorial will be a memory to cherish. I was humbled and honored by the respect and caring that was afforded me on that special day. I think that the most meaningful moment for me was the laying of the wreath at the WWII memorial. I had the time then to remember and say a prayer for those who did not come home. Of course the mail call on the flight back was great. I received 40 letters and I have answered them all. I had the opportunity to deliver the ones from the students to their school while I was in Grapevine. Thank you all again for helping an old veteran to enter into the sunset years of his life with joy.