Three large Honor Flights on Homeland Drive
I was delighted to be invited by Scott Knauf to visit with Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. I headed down to the WWII Memorial thinking it would be a slow day but when I arrived, the Mall was jammed with school children and tourists and Homeland Drive was packed with the buses. The Park Police came through and within minutes, the only buses left were from Northeast Indiana, Upper Peninsula and Old Glory Honor Flights. Liberty Phillips of "operationmeatball.org" took the initiative and directed the school children to line the walkway and so we had a great cheering entry into the Memorial. The Phillips sisters have been visiting with Honor Flights for sometime and certainly enhance the Memorial ambiance.
Senator Debbie Stabenow and reenactor Sidney Wade were on hand to greet veterans I have always advocated more media on the flights and all the flights had great photographers and videographers and even live media throughout the day. Great stuff! I've been looking through the images and video created to promote the hub websites and it's impressive.
HERDING CATS: OLD GLORY HONOR FLIGHT
As I wandered past the Lincoln to the Vietnam Wall, I literally walked into this image set up by Diane McDonald and Tami Stieger and grabbed a frame. Moving along I ran across Drew McDonald and a couple of his guys do a quick tire change on a Wheelchair. I am impressed! It's the constant "little things" that distinguish all the hubs.
The young soldier below was with her father who had composed a set of notes which she read by the name of everyone of his fallen comrades. it was moving to see her do what he couldn't bring himself to do.