I was privileged to go on the fifth Lone Star Honor Flight for World War II veterans to Washington D. C. Although I am not a veteran of World War II, I qualified because I worked with the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during their initial training at Municipal Airport in Houston. My daughter, Tarvah, was allowed to go along as a guardian. It was a strenuous day but well worth it.
The time to arise was 2 a.m. in order to get to the parking lot at Target in Conroe by 4:30 a.m. where we were greeted with flags, banners, and hundreds of well wishers - including a bus load of Bear Branch Elementary Students and their teacher Dawn. It was an awesome with about 80 bikers with huge flags on the bikes. Tha Patriot Guard was the main group but there were those from out of state - quite a tribute to veterans. We arrived back home Sunday morning at 3 a.m. - a 25 hour day. Amazing thing - I didn't even get tired - pretty good for a 90 year old!
Four buses took us to Bush Intercontinental Airport escorted by the motorcycles - 80 in all, what a sight!! It was hard to believe that things could be so perfect. At the airport there were flags and well wishers all over - forming a double line for veterans to walk through to board the plane. Upon arrival in DC it was the same - signs everywhere and people greeting the veterans. We were privileged to see the World War II Monument, Korean Monument, Iwo Jima Monument and the Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery. Then we were taken on a tour of Washington - Capitol, White House, etc. For such a short time it was amazing what Brenda and Jack planned for the veterans.