Friday, November 8, 2013
Thanks to Honor Flight Cleveland and their sponsors, John Flint, a World War II veteran and a resident of Canfield was finally able to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Flint, who served in the Army Air Corp (Pacific Secton) from 1942-1945, said the trip was an experience he would never forget.
“This was the trip of a lifetime - I would never have been able to see this on my own.”
When the World War II Memorial honoring The Greatest Generation was dedicated, every veteran of that war was already a senior citizen. Many of these heroes would never see the monument dedicated to them, without the existence of the Honor Flight Organization.
More than 25,300 U.S. veterans, the majority from World War II, have benefited from an Honor Flight Cleveland adventure. Priority is given to World War II veterans, however, terminally ill U.S. veterans who served at any time are also given prefential treatment and assigned to a flight as soon as a seat is available. The extraordinary feat of providing this service has been accomplished solely by volunteers, donating more than 53,000 hours to this important cause.
Every third Wednesday from May through October or November, veterans have boarded Honor flight Cleveland planes for their all-expensive paid trip of a lifetime.
Honor Flight Cleveland flew Flint, along with 54 other veterans from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The experience included visiting the world War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Air Force Memorial, the Marine Memorial - Iwo Jima and the Arlington National Cemetery. Veterans also go to experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb.
Flint said he had a great experience.
“The people, the transportation, the food, the monuments - everything was great, and my guardian was a special angel,” he said.