Skip to comments.World War II Veterans Honor Flight
Posted on 05/08/2014 12:19:38 AM PDT by skeptoid
Leon Merkes a World War II era paratrooper.....waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial.
Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets.
(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...
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I know rules are rules but if they (adn) weren’t so touchy I would have gone to the adn site and read the whole thing and giving them a “hit”
Now they get nothing from Me.
I know You have a ping list. If You don’t mind. Thanks
I DID excerpt the text I posted
Also interesting that I have never had a problem posting
photos from ADN until now (just a couple of weeks
after new owners took over).
I did that in the excerpted post and it is noted in some slideshow captions at the link.
...didn't know about the PR page at your link.
The ADN is lower than pond scum!!
Anyhow...besides the fact that the ADN is indeed pond scum, I am thankful that these wonderful vets get to make this voyage and that the airline gives it to them. Some people are much nicer than others!
God bless our vets...especially since it’s VE day today! :)
Thanks Kathy. The last WWII vet in my family just went to his reward a couple days ago.
Active Duty/Retiree ping.
America has had many great generations.
Those who fought and won the Revolution. Those soldiers in the War Between the States, who marched into almost certain death without hesitation. Those who charged up San Juan Hill, and those in WWI who suffered so much in the trenches.
I particularly remember those American Navy sailors who faced down and eventually beat the Japanese when all the cards were stacked against them. At Midway where they beat the best trained and most highly selective pilots and aircrew in the world. Japanese pilots flying better aircraft than we had. They sent four Japanese Carriers to the bottom of the sea and never let them dominate the Pacific again.
That reason I always fly on Alaskan airlines anytime I make a trip to see relatives up there in Fairbanks AK
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
In the American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Coastie and Marine beats the heart of a hero! They deserve ALL honors!
Yes the Americans were not just brave, they were good.
I will have to admit that the Japanese and Germans were very tough opponents but the Americans always eventually prevailed.
I recall Saburo Sakai in his book mentioned the American Marines attacking in New Guinea. One of his fellow pilots told him the Americans had landed and were fighting like demons.
Thank you. You are so thoughtful.
I’m sure all of us here honor him in our hearts!
Last fall I was to attend an Honors Flight with a then 94 year old WWII vet. He wasn’t feeling well and since he worked with the JCS in DC he has ‘seen it all anyway’. He was interviewed by CBS a few weeks ago for a story they may run during the D Day Anniversary. After the war my friend was in charge of the construction of the Normandy Cemetery, and he was responsible for moving our fallen soldiers from temporary graves to Normandy. At the time he wasn’t thrilled with his assignment, but now he considers it one of the highlights of his career. He retired as a Lieutenant General. Not many of our WWII vets are still with us and unfortunately, many are not of good enough health to participate in the Honors Flight. Bless them all.