Gallery-Honor Flight Fayette's last trip to Washington, D.C.
It was a trip to remember and never forget. Wednesday afternoon the final voyage for Fayette Honor Flight brought some 80 veterans of World War II to see their memorial in Washington D.C. free of charge.
For the seventh and last time, the veterans got a motorcycle and police priority escort to Hartsfield International in Atlanta. On their flight up, the veterans were treated with a special “mail call” with letters written by local schoolchildren.
Local volunteers who paid their own way helped squire the WWII veterans around Washington to various sights including the Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam and Korean war memorials.
The WWII memorial was a sight to behold, with pillars representing each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia and a series of poignant bas relief sculptures that depicted scenes from the war, which claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans.
More than 16 million served in uniform during WWII, and at least one of those present on Wednesday’s trip admitted to lying about his age so he too would qualify for the military.
As so many WWII veterans are dying off each day due to their advanced age, there was an impetus to get them flying again in a quick manner. And so it has come to pass that Honor Flight Fayette, with support from more than a thousand local volunteers and donors, managed to take nearly 500 local and area WWII vets on the trip of a lifetime, one for the record books.
And you can mark it down as one more trip for freedom too, in celebration of the defeat of the German and Japan forces that terrorized Europe and posed a strong threat to America. That ended, of course when German surrendered in May 1945, followed by the Aug. surrender of Japan that came on the heels of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan.