May 14, 2010

Honor Flights for Veterans

My Uncle Irv was a proud World War II veteran. Several tours of duty in the Pacific earned him two Purple Hearts and a host of other awards... and injuries. Still, Irv's military service was one of the highlights of his life. He was an unabashed American patriot and remained active in veterans' causes all his life.

Uncle Irv died in 2008. But happily, he lived long enough to visit the World War II Veterans Memorial earlier that year.

Although very frail by then, he was able to make the trip from New York to Washington, D.C. with the help of several family members. Irv had eagerly watched the building of the memorial and had helped raise funds and enthusiasm for the project over the years.

Many of the remaining World War II veterans have not been fortunate enough to see  "their" memorial first-hand. That's where Honor Flights comes in. The nonprofit pays for veterans and a companion to visit the memorial in Washington, D.C., often also providing medical staff to assist during the trip.  Among the recent veterans traveling with Honor Flights was 85-year-old Palm Beach Gardens resident Hank Albright.

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