10 hours ago
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today is Veterans Day, and I want to pay tribute to my father-in-law, Lawrence, who served in the Army during World War II. Recently, he had the privilege of going to Washington D.C. through Honor Flight Network, an organization that provides transportation and tours for World War II veterans of the war memorials in our nation's capital. Lawrence took his very first airplane ride early in the morning that day, with a total of 350 veterans on board. They arrived in Washington D.C., toured the memorials and flew back home, all in 1 day, a day that will be full of memories for this Iowa father of 4, grandpa of 8 and great grandpa of 13. Today, he did what he has done for many, many years, visiting a few area schools to share with the students what Veterans Day stands for, and I am sure all over America the same scene took place, along with Veterans Day observances with speeches and prayers for those who served our country.
Today, we thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.