Honor Flight treated vets like heroes

first_imgI was a hero, if just for one day, all because of the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.Buses full of Vietnam-era veterans pulled up to the Albany airport escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders. Inside the airport were a band, speeches and more greeters. What a send-off. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We flew to Baltimore and boarded buses to tour the monuments in D.C. Traffic was no problem because a motorcycle policeman ahead of us used his lights and siren to move the cars to the shoulders and let us pass. At the intersections, a police cruiser stopped traffic. We never had a red light all day.First stop was the Vietnam Memorial, where we laid a wreath and “Taps’ was played; then we looked for the names of soldiers we knew who had fallen. From there we were taken to Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Don’t make a sound if you go there. We stayed the longest and took the most pictures at the World War II Memorial. Each monument evokes a different emotion. The grand tribute of the World War II Memorial celebrates a victory. Long perfect rows of markers at Arlington turn your thoughts inward. The black granite of the Vietnam wall reflects the futility of everything that went wrong in Vietnam.To visit all of them in one day would be impossible unless you were on the Leatherstocking Honor Flight. The planning and execution was unbelievable. For 90 of us, the first group of Vietnam-era veterans, the Honor Flight gave us a day we will always remember. The Patriot Guard Riders were there to see us off in the morning and greet us when we returned.Thank you to the Leatherstocking Honor Flight organization for giving us this gift and to all the donors who make it possible. “Thank you for your service” was the phrase of the day, the day we were heroes.Paul DonahueNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more