GREATER ST. LOUIS HONOR FLIGHT...April 20,2019

April 24, 2019

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"War Heroes on Board"

Arriving at the WWII Memorial, I found Greater St. Louis Honor Flight just getting off the buses. With no agendas or specific photos to be taken, I wandered down with flight leader Rolando Lopez into the Plaza.

IMG_0262Greater St. Louis Honor Flight arrives at the WWII Memorial IMG_0272IMG_0272 IMG_0276Bob Obrien and son IMG_0282Volunteers for Greater St. Louis IMG_0286IMG_0286

Rolando said he had a special guest with him and suggested I ride with him over to Arlington. The special guest was Marine Corps Drill Sgt Helen Bidnick Kevrick, the first women Drill Instructor in the Marine Corps long history.  On our way up to see the Changing of the Gaurds, we stopped by the Women in Military Service Memorial where she was given a plaque commemorating her service.  

_DSC3918Drill Instructor Sgt Helen Bidnick Kevrick,is given a certificate of valor by ______ at the Women's Memorial.From Robin Kevrick Baker's post: "...Helyn was the first female drill instructor in the USMC. She has always been an incredible woman who had an incredible influence on me. And she (along with my Uncle Morris) gave me a whole bunch of wonderful cousins."
IMG_0317Changing of the Guardwitnessed by Greater St. Louis

As the Changing of the Guard ceremony concluded, I ran into Brian Ziegler and @Jodi McClain who needed a group photograph taken and shipped to Wisconsin. I left Rolando and assembled both the veterans and then the veterans and the guardians.  We didn't make the deadline but it was a fun picture to take.

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