I had the privilege to greet an Honor Flight from Charleston, SC on Saturday. Honor Flight is a program sponsored by the USO/Southwest Airlines and US Airways. The purpose is provide World War II vets who have not yet had a chance to visit the World War II memorial here in DC.
There were something close to 150 folks there at the airport to greet the Vets including the West Point Alumni Glee club. When the plan taxied up to the airport fire trucks provided a water cannon salute and the American and military service flags were flying proudly.
It took about 30 minutes for the 34 veterans to deplane (they don't move as fast as they once did) but seeing there faces seeing all of us there waving American flags and saying thank you for your services was more than many of them could take without tearing up. I have to say I shed a tear or two myself.
These guys and gals literally saved the world as we know it and then went back to work to build a better world than the one that had come before. Having done all of this the least we can do is say Thank you - this goes for all of our veterans not just those who served in World War II.
One of the many things Susann and I feel strongly about teaching Robbie is how lucky he is to have been born American and how those who serve their country in the military should be shown respect and admiration.
So again, THANK YOU to all who have served.