November 09, 2013 was an amazing day I was a Guardian to a WWII Veteran on an Honor Flight from t0 Naples, FL to Washington DC.
We met at the Naples Airport at 3:30 am and transferred by two buses to the Ft. Myers Airport. We were 50 veterans, 50 guardians, 50 wheelchairs and several facilitators to keep things moving.
We traveled by charter air to Washington DC and visited the World WWII Memorial and an itinerary of the major memorials in the city.
We witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery and visited the Vietnam Wall and the Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima to mention a few.
My Vet was an 89 year old radio man who served on the Lexington (an aircraft carrier in the Pacific). He and all the other veterans had a wonderful time, so many military and civilians came to thank them and shake their hands.
Some vets could hardly walk. We had several female veterans. We were all assigned to one person and taking a wheelchair to every event was mandatory. I was fortunate, my guy was a walker and only used the wheelchair when everybody was ordered to use them as a time saver. He wanted to give me a ride.
So much fun and such a long day. We arrived back at the Ft. Myers airport after 11pm to crowds of welcomes. Everywhere we went they were honored. We had police escorts, fire trucks and hundreds of both military and citizens cheering and shaking their hands.
It was a very emotional day and I would do it again if the opportunity were to present it’s self.
Joyce & Robert McDonald ( President )
Museum of Military Museum of Memorabilia
`First Collier County Honor Flight Video