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
How can I fully express my thanks to you for such a wonderful Freedom Flight. I know you and many others spent hundreds of hours planning the flight. It was a once in a lifetime experience you made possible for WWII veterans such as me. Being photographed at the Iwo Jima Memorial was especially meaningful because I was standing about six feet from Joe Rosenthal when he took his famous flag raising picture. Thanks again for such a wonderful trip.
Clyde J., 24 May 2011