Honor Flight of Idaho 2013-A True Honor – Part 4 of 4
By Paul Donovan, Veteran, Heart ‘n Home Volunteer
Four of our Idaho WWII Veterans were chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb, a very solemn ceremony, indeed. We were privileged to watch the Changing of the Guard and later were greeted by many Navy Active Duty Personnel who stood in line and shook every Veterans hand and said, “Thank you, sir (or ma’am) for what you’ve done for our country.” It was a time for the vets to again be recognized.
Thursday, September 5, 2013, we were awakened at 3:45 AM…’reveille,’ as they call it in the Army. It was time to get the vets up, get coffee, and head for the airport to fly home. At the airport we were met by the “Honor Flight” folks in the lime T-shirts again and wonderfully escorted right to the security area and through the gate and onto the plane in plenty of time. I personally cannot thank them enough for their service to us. They truly lent us a generous and helping hand!
When we landed in Boise we were met with flags, Generals and staff, the Boise Patriot Riders, and so many family members that one could not count them all. Again, tears were shed and stories were told as Lance and representatives from the Idaho Senate greeted all the veterans and presented them with certificates, as well as a US Flag that had been flown over the Capital. We all shook hands, said so long, many tears flowing, and thus ended one memorable trip for the Veterans of World War II, and for us all. As General MacArthur so aptly put it in his farewell speech at West Point, “The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training…sacrifice.” May God continue to bless this nation, our Veterans and all its people.