An Impromptu Parade for World War II Veterans

An Impromptu Parade for World War II Veterans

You just never know what you’re going to run across when you’re riding a bike around D.C.  Because it is such a unique city, there are opportunities to see so much.  In addition to the monuments and museums and other fixtures, our national’s capitol also offers events that are unique to the city as well.

One such unique event occurred recently as I was riding past the National World War II Memorial.  As I was riding near the memoriaI I noticed the arrival of a busload of World War II veterans, who were brought to see their memorial by the Honor Flight Network.  Founded as a non-profit organization and created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices, the Honor Flight Network transports our military heroes to 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.

As the veterans departed the bus this morning and entered the World War II Memorial, many in wheelchairs, the other visitors to the Memorial, myself included, cleared a path.  We then stood on the side of the walkway and applauded in an impromptu ceremony as the veterans made their way into the Memorial.  It was an inspiring and moving moment.

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  1. amforte66 says:

    Cool!!! I would love to see the vets here. I may have to stalk the memorial this summer once school is out. 🙂


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