Local News

Vets return from visit to WWII memorial

Posted April 19, 2011

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— Triangle veterans of World War II and other wars took the journey of a lifetime on Tuesday to the visit memorials built in their honor in Washington D.C.

Triangle Flight of Honor on April 19, 2011 Vets visit WWII memorial

The day-long trips are sponsored by the nonprofit Triangle Flight of Honor and paid for by donations. WRAL viewers donated more than $56,000 last month for this and other flights.

“It’s almost breathtaking to see it because you have heard of it for several years now and I was wondering if I’d ever get to see it,” WWII nurse cadet Elizabeth “Polly” Maxwell said during Wednesday’s trip.

After a full day in the nation's capital, the vets and their guides returned to a heroes' welcome at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. 

 

6 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • napsut1 Apr 20, 2011

    If you can't get to the airport to send the WWII veterans off or welcome them back and you're trying to figure out how to help, monetary donations are most appreciated and will enable these flights to continue. This is a wonderful education for our youth today, as well. If you and/or your children can get to the airport to welcome the veterans back, it will be an experience better than any you can find in the classroom. The next flight is on the 4th of May.

  • sandyvarner Apr 19, 2011

    Thank you veterans for your service and bravery! This program is outstanding and gives recognition to a generation much deserving of this honor. Thank you to everyone associated with the Triangle Flight of Honor and to those who donate in support as well. My mother is on this flight. She was so excited this morning and is very honored to be part of this program. There are ~six nurses on this flight!

  • Avenger Apr 19, 2011

    lookn4spac"My father-in-law is on this flight- and we will be there to welcome him home!

    Someday, I hope someone sets up flights like these for our brave soldiers who served in Korea and Vietnam- they, too, deserve to be honored.

    As a Vet myself thank you for your kind comments!

  • lookn4spac Apr 19, 2011

    My father-in-law is on this flight- and we will be there to welcome him home!

    Someday, I hope someone sets up flights like these for our brave soldiers who served in Korea and Vietnam- they, too, deserve to be honored.

  • lauraleigh Apr 19, 2011

    My dad would've loved this. He was always so proud of his service during that war - he was in the South Pacific, on Guam, Kwajalein, Okinawa (Shuri Ridge) God bless all these great heroes of our Nation!

  • just my2cents Apr 19, 2011

    I would love to be there, if only I was a little closer. Welcome back heroes, I hope you had a wonderful trip!