Honor Flight at the WWII Memorial: September 15, 2018

September 17, 2018

20180912-IMG_0296Getting ready to cheer

With seven Honor Flight hubs inbound and a couple of marathons in progress, I decided to get to the WWII Memorial and let the hubs come to me. This gave me a few minutes to talk to everyone, make a few useful photos for each hub to use, exchange tips, schedule events and look forward to a great Fall Season.  While this was not an official "Super Saturday", there were over six hundred veterans plus guardians on the Mall. Each flight has different customs and ceremonies and I am always on the watch for something new. 

HONOR FLIGHT SOUTHERN FLORIDA

Unique among the days's many touching moments was Florida's Rick Asper presenting Senator Dole with a piece of the granite from the quarry from which the WWII Memorial was taken and engraved with his name.  It's a rare piece and elegantly presented. You'll notice the young woman to the left behind Rick who is doing live social media with her husband. I think it's great that more and more flights are traveling with social media teams who produce photography and media livestream.  

20180912-IMG_0427 Rick Asper presents granite gift.Carved and cut stone from the same quarry as the WWII Memorial was made.

IMG_0373Granite

20180912-IMG_0399Flags of our HeroesSouth Florida paraded their "Flags of our Heroes" program around the Memorial.
Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Honor Flight

George Farrell and crew were in next with a quick ceremony and a photograph. I always get the sense with the Fire Chiefs that they are ready for anything.  Their enthusiasm and teamwork impress and is probably the reason they are Chiefs.  

20180912-IMG_0285RI Fire Chiefs 20180912-IMG_0278George Farrell lines up veterans 20180912-IMG_0279RI Fire Chiefs

NOTABLES

John Liszewski travels all the way from the Eastern Shore and his final mode of transportation is sometimes the metro with his display items in a small cart.  Dedication!  

20180912-IMG_0250John Liszewski A regular from the Eastern Shore, John carries a flask and other gear to keep the veterans amused

 

20180912-IMG_0307Talons OutBobbie Bradlee and Lora Nelson Block IMG_0329RegularsBobbie Bradley and George Kerestes under the eagles! 20180912-IMG_0357Freedom Honor FlightCheryl Higgins and Teresa Larsen strategize over the day's schedule.

20180912-IMG_0649Flags of HonorRon Newsum and Senator Dole chat about the Flags of Honor Program.

SENATOR ROBERT DOLE

I very much admire Senator Dole and try to emulate his persistence.  I always try to make one good frame of him when he is with the veterans.  The rest of the time I am practicing my photo skills with other peoples phones!

20180912-IMG_0513Senator Robert DoleHardest working man in town!

Paula Nelson's motto!  We were lucky and it seems that rain or shine, we always get by.  

IMG_0672Florence Who?Summing up the day!
 


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