EXPANDED HONOR FLIGHT BOOK PROJECT

July 31, 2021

Selecting the images for the book is an ongoing project and creating them a labor of love. Hopefully they serve as a reminder why everyone is working hard to recreate that pre-pandemic bliss.  And while your waiting for the pandemic to go away, it will give you a chance to see a bit of paradise.

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I met Earl Morse and Jeff Miller in the Spring of 2005.  My book on the new WWII Memorial was just out and so I was at the Memorial frequently.  They would ultimately devise a network of hubs to fly all those veterans to DC.  Based on the correct "assumption that the guardian paying their own way and the veteran flying for free" worked out to more or less pay for the trip, they were off and running.  I decided to take notes and here they are.

I was there frequently for World War II events and as the Honor Flights started rolling in. I began to get some pictures of the Memorial with ....Theresa Werner and her dancers, Dave Nichols and the Allied Airmen, energetic hub leaders like Mary Petinato and record setting fund raisers and stadium filling doers like Stars and Stripes began showing up.  The White House News Photographers showed interest and newspapers and magazines began to do pieces on Honor Flight and the newly built World War II Memorial.  My enthusiasm for the program is evidenced in the newly designed 98 pages which I have put up. 


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