For those of you who have read my posts in the past, you’re aware of one of my favorite events. The Triangle Flight of Honor. Here’s the Update Email I received this morning. Please try to attend if you can.
Update #4 April 4, 2011
Triangle Flight of Honor Update:
Flight of Honor Headed to Washington This Wednesday– The third TRIANGLE FLIGHT OF HONOR … an encore performance from the inaugural flights last Fall, is set to leave RDU this coming Wednesday. The flight will include 100 World War II veterans visiting the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Marine Corp headquarters at 8th and I Sts. In addition, just added to the agenda, the group will be present for the “Changing of the Guard” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery!
Amazing Stories on Wednesday Flight — To provide a snapshot of some of the stories and experiences of our vets on Wednesday’s flight, the following are some of the marks these men and women have left on American History:
- Stepped on a land mine in Battle of Bulge…. left for dead in the snow!
- Held as a POW for 1 ½ years after battle of Sicily
- Landed on D-Day in Normandy
- Flew 35 missions in B-17 over the flak filled skies of Germany
- Saw the flag raised over Mt. Saribauchi on Iwo Jima
- A Marine shot point blank range in a cave in the Pacific
- His anti-submarine squad recorded the most enemy sinkings of German U-Boats
- Fought with the Marines at the Battle of Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinaman
- Fought in Italy… lost from his unit for 13 days on a bazooka mission
- Occupation duty in Japan – visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki after bombing
- Earned Silver Star with US Navy in Italy
- Earned Silver Star in battle of the Siegfried Line
- Ball Turret Gunner over Germany, Shot Down, POW
- Pearl Harbor Survivor… was there the day it all started!
- Three brothers on the same flight together — All fought for our country.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS REQUESTED….. Mark your calendar for the “Heroes’ Welcome” The celebration kicks off Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the RDU Parking atrium. The veterans arrive around 8:00 pm. As part of the ceremony, the award winning Broughton High School band will be playing for the crowd. Please come out to the airport to meet some incredible North Carolinians! The Heroes’ Welcome Party will start at 7:30 at the RDU Parking Garage Atrium…. Please join us!
Flight of Honor Veterans from Fall 2010 flights encouraged to attend Heroes Welcome — All those WWII veterans who participated on the first two Flights of Honor last fall are encouraged to be at the airport to greet their comrades this Wednesday. Bring your signs, banners, posters and flags and be part of welcoming your buddies back home!
For more information on the Triangle Flight of Honor, please access the website.
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fourth Day of April in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven