Marquette, MI – September 22, 2016 – After getting back at around 9:30 PM from the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. I had some time to reflect on the trip. I enjoyed getting to see D.C. and the all veterans during the trip. The men and women we took with us were excited to be there and pay respect to their fallen comrades.
We started out at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Our tour guide did a great job telling us information about each location and we paused to take a much needed group picture! The design of the WW II Memorial was absolutely astonishing with gorgeous stone work and a number of large fountains. Following this to work a trip over to the Washington Memorial that stands over 550 feet high! It was something else witnessing this massive memorial reflected in the clam pool below!
Moving along the Reflection Pool we made our way to the Lincoln Memorial honoring our 16th president. Looking back across the pool you can see Washington Monument in front of downtown Washington D.C.
Up next we stopped at one of my favorite memories from the trip, Arlington Cemetery. Having making our way through the Arlington Cemterey Amphitheater, we got to witness the Changing of the Guards. It was a powerful ceremony and made being in Washington D.C. all the more special!
Following Arlington we went to our last stop, the Pentagon Memorial. This memorial was truly something else! Each person that died in the attack on the Pentagon is honored by name, at this memorial. Each person has a bench with running water under it and their name at the front. There is a border around the memorial with our the birth year of every person who passed after the attack. 184 names in total are honored here.
After the flight back to Delta County, we were all taken a-back by the number of community members that came to welcome us back. There was even a band playing music in the hanger when we got off of the plane! Honor Credit Union really did an amazing thing setting up this trip as well as all of our community members that donating to make this trip happen!