WASHINGTON — It was an almost 20-hour day – flying from Sioux Falls to Washington, D.C. and again – full of special honors for our nation’s veterans. It’s Midwest Honor Flight’s tenth mission since their inception.
The day began early – very early – with a chartered flight to D.C. from Sioux Falls. The airplane – and attendants – have been decked out in patriotic gear.
And as soon as we landed, it was straight off to the Navy Memorial for a gaggle image.
Then it was time for a pleasing stroll via West Potomac Park to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
After that, a quick cease at the World War II Memorial, the place congressional staffers got here to thank the veterans for their service.
The Korea and Vietnam memorials have been subsequent, situated on reverse sides of the Lincoln Memorial. Veterans received to spend time discovering acquainted names on the wall earlier than loading as much as go to the Iwo Jima Memorial.
Then, to high off an already spectacular day, have been front-row seats to the altering of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
The surprises didn’t finish there; all 84 veterans acquired mail from supporters on the airplane trip house, the place they have been greeted by different veterans, police and a pipe and drum corps at the airport.
Probably the largest shock – and my favourite half – was the large welcome house celebration held in the conference middle.
All in all, it was a busy day giving our nation’s veterans “one ultimate tour with honor.”
Stay tuned all subsequent week on NewsCenter1 and ConnectCenter1 for in-depth tales from Midwest Honor Flight’s Mission 10!
Midwest Honor Flight is a hub of the Honor Flight Network. It’s a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) group that takes veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials devoted to their service. The journey is offered fully free-of-charge to the veterans.
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