Seventy years ago, these men left their homes to fight fascism that was slowly creeping like kudzu vine over the landscape chocking out freedom in country after country.
This week these brave men were in the midst of the word of words in Washington . . . . .partisan bickering that led to government shut-down. One hundred forty WWII veterans from Mississippi and Idaho were scheduled to visit “their” memorial for the first and probably last time. The Veterans’ Affairs estimate that 640 WW II vets die each day. With this in mind, some grateful Americans have started the Honor Flight for the elderly veterans to be flown to Washington to see the memorial. This is a dream fulfilled for veterans who want to and are well enough to make the trip. These veterans are in their late 80s or 90s.
Honor Flight is concentrating on WW II veterans’s trips, then Korean War Veterans, and finally on Viet Nam Veterans. This group was started in May of 2005 by Earl Morse a physician assistant and retired Air Force Captain. He wanted to honor the Vets whom he had cared for the last 27 years. South West Airlines donates free tickets in thanks to these heroes.
Another sad story is that the cemetery in Normandy is also closed to people who have planned and saved to visit that holy ground. In my opinion…it is more than despicable!
As evidenced in the photos, Time Is of the Essence for these soldiers to come to honor their long ago fallen comrades.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/01/honor-flights-shutdown/2903341/ ( copy and paste to the URL to see the video)