Reveille came early. Our Honor Flight Chicago marching orders were to get to Midway Airport by 4:00 AM. So after last night's overly exciting Cub game, we had maybe three hours of sleep, to be up at at 2:30 and rolling by 3:00.
I'm wearing the green shirt of a guardian. This pic was taken by an Honor Flight volunteer who apparently misunderstood this moment of intense concentration on my part as I am mentally reviewing and focusing on the lessons of my Guardian Training three days before.
It was raining as we landed at Dulles in D.C...
... but the greetings for the vets was warm and the coordination between Chicago and D.C. Guardians went off without a hitch. It rained most of the day for the tour of the Memorials, but no one seemed to care. There is no way to capture the pride, joy and patriotism of the experience in a blog post or a few photographs, so I'll just pick a few to to include here. There are many more on the Honor Flight Chicago Website.
|70th honor Flight Memorial Flag Box|
The ceremony at the WWII Memorial was a special moment for us and all the vets.
But there were more Memorials & Museums to see before heading back to Dulles, Midway and home.
|Air Force Memorial|
|Coast Guard Memorial|
|Korean War Memorial|
|Korean War Memorial Wall|
|Enola Gay at Air & Space Museum|
|Air & Space Museum|
Mail Call on the flight back...
... and when we arrive at Midway, a friends and family greeting that had to be seen to be believed.
Kudos, congratulations, and heartfelt thanks to Mary, John, Tracey, Laura, all the Honor Flight Chicago volunteers and organizers, as well as friends, family, and kids that contributed letters or showed up at Midway for this extraordinary day in the life of my father and all veterans that participated.
For the final word, we'll go to The Man himself:
NOTE: I may add additional videos to this post as I find and edit them. Stay tuned.