We lost both Jerry and Rita to cancer so there was consideration for the American Cancer Society. The network of connections that this organization can draw upon is extensive. So respectfully, we chose Honor Flight. A younger organization with a valuable mission.
The trip to Washington, DC that the boys were able to take with Dad in Dec of 2007 was the deciding factor. Jerry talked of that trip frequently with pride. The memorials are grand expanses. The people you meet amazing.
In the US Marine Museum in Quantico, there is a display that simulates the landing craft approaching a Pacific island. Standing next to Dad with my brothers and nephew near by was priceless. We all ducked more than once it was so real. We were worried how real it was and would it bring up the past he had spent so long not talking about.
In true Sherlock fashion, Jerry did not seem to be bothered by this. He was able to sleep long and deep.
So while we were able to bring Dad to DC for this trip, other veterans are not so fortunate. Making a contribution to Honor Flight will enable those veterans to make the trip.
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. Now, with over one thousand World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.
Additional photos from our trip to DC can be viewed here