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Honor Flight program was a true privilege


If you are a World War II or a Korean War veteran, the Honor Flight Syracuse is something you would enjoy being part of. The is the “welcome home” that many of our soldiers did not get.

Going into Washington, there was a huge gathering of people wishing our veterans a great day, shaking their hands to thank them. It was absolutely phenomenal.

I was a guardian to my dad who served in World War II. He is 94 years old, and there was even a gentlemen there who was 97 years old.

From my experience, these veterans are a tough bunch. We tried to convince them they should go in a wheelchair because of all the walking, plus it was about 90 degrees out. Some of them did; others did not.

We saw the Wold War II monument, Korea and Vietnam memorials, changing of the guard, Hope and Healing, Iwo Jima and, last but not least, the Air Force memorial. What memories that were created and stories that were told.

Coming home to Syracuse airport, and the wonderful “Welcome Home” with friends and family and strangers, I am still in awe of all the Honor Flight and veterans themselves. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to share in this experience, which I will always remember. What an honor it has been for me.

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Jackie Tunstall


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