September 10 – 2016
THE MORNING OF DEPARTURE
(present were: Jill, Tammy, Edith, Nancy & Mary)
This was a hot, sticky, drizzly morning full of thunder rumbles that threatened to rain on the grand send off of the 1000th Honor Flight from Hudson Valley for the veterans. We stood outside with a mass of people anxiously awaiting their arrival. Down the stretch, a firetruck had its ladder extended with a HUGE flag waving and lights just a flashing! A band played while people cheered and clapped when the motorcycle escort rolled into the airport followed by several buses carrying the precious passengers. Then a grand bagpipe band led the buses to their destination where at last, the veterans and their escorts disembarked. The cheers of the crowd were positively roaring by this point and the vets’ faces just beamed with joy! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house! We waited and clapped for every last one…. and then they loaded up and jet off for D.C. to spend the day.
SHORT VIDEO OF THEIR ARRIVAL
When my camera downloaded, it scrambled the biggest and longest video but three smaller clips survived and were combined.
THE RETURN FLIGHT
(present were: Doris, Jill, Nancy, Jon Moore (Jill’s husband) and Noah Garnes (Jill’s son)
The airport lobby was positively PACKED and people crowded practically shoulder to shoulder to get a closer view of the vets as they came off the plane and down to the baggage area. With flags flying, the band playing and cheers of U-S-A, the vets received a warm welcome home and while they looked VERY tired from their long day, they were still all smiles. They even stopped to shake hands and give hugs along the way. Jon took a million and one pictures… and none of us present. 🙂