Reagan National Airport is normally a busy place on Saturday mornings but today it more closely resembled 4th of July on the Mall than an airport filled with grumpy travelers, as three planeloads of World War II and Korean War veterans arrived on special Honor Flights. The Fairfax Main Street Band played marches and nostalgic period music as the veterans walked, rolled and, in one case, danced down the concourse.
The flights are organized by the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit Ohio group that brings aging veterans to Washington to reflect on their experiences and visit the memorials that commemorate their service. Twelve flights were scheduled this weekend, the busiest of the year, according to the group’s website.
See the Honor Flight site for more information about the Honor Flight schedules, as well as volunteer opportunities.