Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Veteran's Day & Honor Flight

Today's Wordless Wednesday is, once again, not wordless.  Today I am sharing pictures of this past Saturday, when I had the honor and privilege to escort two amazing American heroes around the war monuments in Washington, DC through the Dayton Honor Flight program.  This programs flies veterans from the Dayton, OH area (there are honor flights all over the country, but I happen to work with Dayton) for the day to DC to tour their monuments erected in their honor.

The whole group of WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans at the WWII memorial.


We started at the WWII memorial, then went to the changing of the guards at Arlington National Cemetery, did drive-bys of Iwo Jima and the Air Force memorials, then toured the Vietnam Wall and the Korean memorial.
Korean War Memorial

Meet Ed, left and Bear, right (that's me in the middle)

Ed joined the Army in 1944 at the young age of 18.  He was shipped off to the front lines of WWII - Versailles, France.  They were called 90 day-ers because that was their life expectancy.  He and one other lucky boy were reassigned to a different duty and were moved to the rear.  And they both lived.  Ed is one of the most friendly, warm, caring, cheerful individuals I've ever met.  And a flirt!  Whew!  He gave an interview of his experiences during the war, which I hope to post as soon as it's up and online.  A local high school recorded it and is creating a living memory so people can hear first hand accounts of the war.

Bear joined up at age 18, too.  He would have lied about his age and joined earlier, but his mother begged him not to.  He joined the Navy and sailed to every port in the Pacific with the exception of Central and South America.  His ship got within 40 miles of the island where the first A-Bomb was released.  While he was there they detonated some type of bomb.  Everyone on deck had to face away and close their eyes when it detonated.  Despite 40 miles and his eyes being closed, he could see the bones in his hand and feel heat on his back. Bear is quieter than Ed, but as sweet as can be and just as charming. 
Bear and Ed: brave Buckeyes (what you call someone from Ohio)

Spending the day with these two characters was the most wonderful way I could think to spend my Saturday and thank two brave and extraordinary men for their service. 

8 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a great day to spend with them.

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    1. It was! Cool and sunshiney. Windy, but hey, I'll take that over hot & humid, which is the norm for DC in May.

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  2. What a great event. I didn't even know this existed. Looks like you and the vets had a great time. Visiting and new follower from Create With joy hop. http://georgielee.blogspot.com/2013/05/heros-redemption-cover-reveal.html

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    1. It is such a great thing! If you know of any veterans who would like to come see the monuments, this is a wonderful way to do it...and so much fun to volunteer for!

      Thanks for stopping by and for the follow!

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  3. What an awesome way to spend some time! This was a nice share to read. :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I loved doing it so much, but more so, I love how grateful and happy the veterans were.

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  4. Thanks to our Veterans for keeping our country safe.

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