The weather was perfect, the sun was shining, and a huge crowd greeted the veterans as they landed at Dulles International Airport. Courtney Lutz traveled with the Alpha group, and Karl Boettcher traveled with the Bravo group as 10 buses took us around Washington, DC.
We will have all the images posted online for you to view and download very quickly, but until then, please enjoy this series of blog posts with images from the trip. To view photos of the mail call and homecoming celebration, click here.There are so many amazing stories from so many amazing people during this trip. I've added some comments throughout the photos, but my words don't do justice for what these heroes lived through. All I can do is ask that if you know a veteran, take the time to listen.
The day began with a surprise for the veterans as they entered the gate at the airport. Unbeknownst to them, Governor Scott Walker was there to personally greet every single veteran before they left that morning on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.
|Governor Scott Walker greets a veteran on his way to the terminal.|
|Governor Scott Walker with Joe and Jane Dean.|
|A water cannon salute greets each plane as it lands at Dulles International Airport.|
|Joe Dean leads the veterans in a prayer at the WWII Memorial.|
|Over 400,000 American military personnel lost their lives during WWII. Each star represents 100 American military deaths.|
|One of the veterans found Kilroy at the WWII Memorial.|
|One veteran talks with visitors at the memorial. Even though these people were just visiting Washington, DC on their own, everyone I met took the time to express their gratitude for the service of the veterans from Wisconsin.|
|Brothers who served during WWII. While one brother was in Europe, the other was serving in North Africa.|
|Keryl and Wanda Frankowski at the WWII Memorial.|
Would you like to see images from previous Stars and Stripes Honor Flights?
Click here for the May 2011 Honor Flight.
Click here for the April 2011 Honor Flight.
Click here for the November 2010 Honor Flight.
Click here for the September 2010 Honor Flight.