Today I’m heading to DC with Honor Flight Chicago. I will have the pleasure and the honor of escorting a World War II veteran throughout the day. Even though I’ve been a volunteer since 2009, this is my first time flying with Honor Flight. I am super-excited. I am thrilled to be going and so happy to finally see the looks on the veterans’ faces when they get their “mail call”. It will be amazing to see the whole process come full circle.
It’s going to be an interesting challenge, too. Many of the monuments, memorials and museums on our itinerary are closed due to the government shut down. Yesterday, an Honor Flight from Mississippi had to “break in” to see the memorial. But our Honor Flight Chicago CEO has promised a wonderful trip full of surprises for our veterans…and she’s not one to let them down.
If you live in Chicagoland and would like to attend the Welcome Home and celebrate the homecoming of ninety World War II veterans tonight, the information is here: Welcome Home Celebration for October 2nd, 2013. I promise that you’ll have a fabulous time just being there, clapping and shaking plenty of happy and humble veterans’ hands.
I promise to report back about my day when I catch up on my sleep and get back into the routine again. Until then, watch for us on the news.
Photo courtesy of Honor Flight Chicago.