A very sincere wholehearted thank you to all who were involved in the WWII Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. I was well aware of the tremendous amount of preparation and work-hours that it took to bring this operation to a successful conclusion—and indeed it definitely was successful! I was overwhelmed with the entire trip especially with the time spent at the WWII memorial and getting to shake the hand of Senator Bob Dole who himself was a veteran of WWII. I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to be a part of this Freedom Flight as I will be 90 years old July 8 of this year. The flight will be a memory I will always cherish and never forget! A very grateful WWII combat veteran.
Harry K., 24 May 2011
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