Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - (Page 18)

A tour of honor The Greatest Generation gets the flight of their lives BY ANN AUSTIN OROWSKI hank you for your service, sir.” “Thanks for fighting for our freedoms.” “It’s an honor to meet you, sir.” And again, “Thank you for your service.” Salutes and handshakes accompany the welcome. These litanies, heard often on one special day, do not grow old for the World War II veterans who are given the opportunity to take the free, once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., to see the nation’s World War II Memorial honoring the millions of Americans who fought and the 400,000 who died. It’s the autumn of their lives for these 84- to 95-year-old men (and a few women) who step off the plane at the airport in our nation’s capital. Most have never seen the monument World War II veterans Al Willey, from honoring their service and sacriFayetteville, standing, and Raymond McClain, fices. These aging warriors, their from Lawrenceville, pause by the reflecting pool heads held high, many in at the memorial built in their honor—the wheelchairs or stooped and World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., moving slowly, are treated with called by many “the jewel on the Mall.” Honor honor and dignity. Many have Flight Fayette made their trip possible. never heard the “thank-yous” that should be forthcoming from every American. One vet was heard saying, “It’s like a fairy tale … only it ends at midnight.” Indeed, it seems a dream—30-plus Patriot Guard Riders on motorcycles and multiple police cars escort the vets to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. And on the plane, thank-you ROGER MCCLAIN ANN OROWSKI “T letters from local schoolchildren are delivered to each vet. Greeted like returning heroes at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., the adulation brings tears to onlookers. Many veterans later said, “This was one of the highlights of my life.” Time is of the essence This is the goal behind each Honor Flight, to help every veteran in America, willing and able to get on a plane or a bus, to visit their memorial—absolutely free. A dream come true for most. More than 42,000 veterans have been flown to D.C., but there is a waiting list of more than 8,000; many vets have been on the waiting list for three years. Unfortunately, World War II veterans are dying at the rate of about 1,200 a day. In five to seven World War II veteran Ernest Pound gets a hug from one of the many GIs who assisted the veterans visiting their memorial. The GIs stayed with the vets all day. GEORGIA MAGAZINE 18 More online at www.georgiamagazine.org TED DIRKSCHNEIDER http://www.georgiamagazine.org http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - November 2010

Georgia Magazine - November 2010
Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
A Tour of Honor
Making it Pay in Georgia
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks
Snapshot

Georgia Magazine - November 2010

Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Georgia Magazine - November 2010 (Page Cover1)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Georgia Magazine - November 2010 (Page 2)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Georgia Magazine - November 2010 (Page 3)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Contents (Page 4)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Viewpoint (Page 5)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Mailbox (Page 6)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Picture This? (Page 7)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Georgia News (Page 8)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Georgia News (Page 9)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Calendar (Page 10)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Calendar (Page 11)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Calendar (Page 12)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Calendar (Page 13)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Calendar (Page 14)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Calendar (Page 15)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Currents (Page 16)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Currents (Page 17)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - A Tour of Honor (Page 18)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - A Tour of Honor (Page 19)
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Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - A Tour of Honor (Page 21A)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - A Tour of Honor (Page 21B)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - A Tour of Honor (Page 22)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Making it Pay in Georgia (Page 23)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Making it Pay in Georgia (Page 24)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Making it Pay in Georgia (Page 25)
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Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Around Georgia (Page 30)
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Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Around Georgia (Page 32)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Around Georgia (Page 33)
Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - My Georgia (Page 34)
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Georgia Magazine - November 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 36)
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