WWII Vets Storm the Memorial

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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.

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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.VeteransMemorial_11643628_8col

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!

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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)

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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6 Responses to WWII Vets Storm the Memorial

  1. Trapper Gale says:

    Annet – thanks for the background on the honor flights. What a great organization. I think no matter what your political leanings, we all agree these veterans should NOT be blockaded from their own memorial.

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  2. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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  3. Chris N says:

    Seems silly to have such fighting occlude more important things. Thanks for the reminder.

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