Honor Flight – April 17, 2018

Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

20180417-HonorFlight03What our Veterans of Military Service who have been selected to take the Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C will experience after they depart the secure area and enter the Arrival Point at Greater Cincinnati CVG Airport is shown in the attached photo.

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 a plane full of Veterans of the armed forces of these United States of America departed in the early hours of the morning to tour those memorials to our veterans in our nation’s capital. Their day was full and experiences many, with the focus of the individuals evolving slowly from some earlier flights where just a few wished to visit the WWI memorial. Later flights provided a goodly number of veterans to their WWII memorial, then the Korean Veterans mostly filled planes and this flight had a majority of Viet Nam Veterans.

The common thread of all who return to hear the glorious cheers of family,
neighbors, well wishers, members of veteran organizations, volunteers and patriotic groups – is of surprise and awe! It is always unexpected, but greatly appreciated.

Grown men and yes women too overcome with emotion after a very long day to the
hundreds cheering in recognition of the service they’ve given. Many have tears of joy on their faces as they had no cheers upon the return they made those decades ago when coming back from foreign places, having risked their lives for us.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. These Sons of Revolutionary Sires continue to keep alive their ancestors’ story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man’s struggle against tyranny – a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms. The veterans who we honor at these flights continue to keep alive the ideals of our founding fathers, protecting liberty for the citizens of these United States of America.

Members of the Cincinnati SAR are proud to joins others to welcome back those who’ve served and have been given this day in Washington, D.C. Pictured here is what our Veterans of Military Service who have been selected to take the Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C will see upon return.

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