WWII, Korean War veterans honored at DCA and around town

A World War II veteran from the Milwaukee area arrives at DCA (Staff photo)

A World War II veteran from the Milwaukee area arrives at DCA (Staff photo)

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.

A spirited veteran from Milwaukee had women lined up to dance with him as the band played on. (Staff photo)

A spirited veteran from Milwaukee had women lined up to dance with him as the band played on. (Staff photo)

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.

Some vets were pensive, some emotional, some joyful. And some looked as though they trudged through DCA every day.

Some vets were pensive, some emotional, some joyful. And some looked as though they trudged through DCA every day.

See the Honor Flight site for more information about the Honor Flight schedules, as well as volunteer opportunities.

 

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