The Old Glory Honor Flight recently made its first 2013 trip to Washington D.C.
The flight took place on Thursday, April 11 with 84 veterans onboard to visit memorials in Washington DC. Of the veterans aboard 15 were Korean War Time veterans who had the opportunity to visit their memorial and get their tour of honor.
One of those veterans was New London’s Robert “Bob” Polaske. Polaske applied for this trip a couple of years ago knowing that he would have to wait until most of the WWII veterans had taken the trip. This was his chance and he was extremely excited to go.
The flight started early in the morning, arriving at the airport before 6 a.m. The day was filled with surprises and many emotions. The first stop was the WWII Memorial where a group photo was taken and time was spent exploring the WWII Memorial.
The next stop was the Korean War Memorial which was the stop Polaske was looking forward to. Also, included in this stop where the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials. There was then a short city tour that included the Marine Memorial and the Air Force Memorial, where there was a special performance by the Air Force Drill Team. The last stop of the day was Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard.
The flight home was full of excitement with Mail Call, where each veteran received a pack of mail from family, friends, school children, and others.
Once the aircraft landed, all the veterans received their group photo and then the welcome home they never received. There were about 1,000 people lining the terminal cheering on the veterans, with hugs and kisses welcoming them back.
The next flight is scheduled for Thursday, June 20. To learn more please visit, www.oldgloryhonorflight.org.