Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sometimes there are no words...

I'm taking a little break from sharing out about my classroom today so I can share a few pictures and thoughts about the big event from my weekend--greeting the airplane from my father's "Honor Flight" trip to Washington D.C.  For those of you who are unaware of this amazing program, I encourage you to visit their website to learn more about what is being done to honor our veterans.

More about the Honor Flight Program



My dad is a World War II vet who served at the very end of the war and was in Japan when the bombs were dropped.  He was scheduled to be on the ground in the next wave of soldiers when they got the news about the bomb--and he is certain that he and his fellow soldiers would have met the same fate as those before had this dramatic change in the war not occurred.  To watch these 100 soldiers get the kind of treatment and respect they deserve after all these years was moving beyond words.  He came home emotional and exhausted. . . and I just wanted to share a few pics from the experience.

He's back!  

My dad was the first off the plane!  I was so excited that I couldn't take a clear picture!

Thousands of people showed up!



Here he is with my sister Deb--his "guardian" for the trip.  Can't lie.  I was jealous.

It was a long day for the 100 soldiers--all of whom are in the mid to late 80's.  They were at the airport at 4:30 and returned to their heroes welcome after 9 pm . . . and had toured the monuments and more in DC throughout the day.  It was an incredibly moving experience for all involved.  Thanks for letting me share . . .



8 comments:

  1. Please thank him from all of us for his faithful service. I truly mean it.

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  2. One of my friends told me about being a volunteer for this program this summer. They rode a bus from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and she said it was one of the highlights of her life. Same reaction all around - people standing by the side of the road as the buses came by, cheering and waving. How very, very cool!
    Marion
    MentoringintheMiddle

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    1. I am now VERY interested in volunteering myself...now that I have seen exactly what it involves.

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  3. It was wonderful to read about your dad. Very touching and I couldn't agree more...beyond words. Thank you.... from a daughter of a WWII Army Vet who is no longer with us.

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    1. Thank you so much...my heart aches to think about all those vets no longer with us. Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my story.

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  4. So cool. And such a fitting tribute for our vets!

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