FLIGHT OF CHAMPIONS: STARS AND STRIPES 10/19/2019 Part Three

September 18, 2020

MAIL CALL

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We arrived back at BWI after another exciting United States Park Police escort.  It's amazing how traffic disappears when you have a couple of motorcycles leading the way.  As a photographer, I am used to be searched "thoroughly" and this being the second Honor Flight I've flown with, I am amazed that we cruise through security without stopping.  The last time I wasn't searched, I was traveling on Air Force Two with Ronald Reagan!  Presidential Treatment!

About 30 minutes into the flight all of the volunteers began assembling for mail call. This is a much talked about Honor Flight tradition and so I was particularly anxious and grateful to be present for this.  It was everything I imagined and the emotional reaction of the veterans was deeply felt.

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As we were descending into the airport, Quarterback Bill Schroeder made a farewell speech from the front of the plane and not only was he moved to tears but I suspect everyone on the plane felt the same.  It's hard to focus when you are tearing up.  I made one good frame and it summed up the day. 20191019-_DSC056520191019-_DSC0565

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