A couple of weeks ago I attended the November 1st Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Homecoming at Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee. The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is an organization that coordinates complimentary flights to Washington D.C. for WWII and Korean War veterans to visit the memorials.
My uncle was on this flight, so I brought my two oldest children to the Homecoming. Just walking in to the airport and seeing the line of folks with their flags and signs gave me chills. What a beautiful way to pay tribute.
The crowd was filled with signage to keep you occupied as folks waited for the plane to arrive. Many of the veteran’s families had their own reunions. Other spectators were there because they’ve attended in the past and came to show support once again.
The atmosphere was that of gathering for a parade, but the anticipation was far greater.
It was so emotional to watch the faces of the veterans as they came in. It was such a special experience for me, so I can hardly imagine what the veterans were feeling as they came through the line. It’s something I want to take my children back to experience again.
The official Honor Flight shirts have the quote below. It’s pretty perfect.
We can’t all be heroes. Some of us get to stand at the curb and clap as they go by.” -Will Rogers