Words seldom fail me, but they do now. To say "thank you" for the wonderful opportunity you gave me just isn't enough. I so appreciate all the preparation, hard work, and tireless devotion you put into making this the most memorable trip of my lifetime. From the first moment, the delicious breakfast, the breezing through Security, the firetruck water salute, the goodies on the plane, the police escort in DC, (WOW!), the opportunity to visit the WWII Memorial and the other special sites, and having the military right along side us the whole time...these are events that I will never forget.
By the way, someone told me that it was cold and rainy that day. Really? I never felt it. Organizing "Mail Call" has to be a work of genius. I have never been so surprised in my life. The letters and cards I received are my dearest treasures now, and you can bet I will cherish them always. Thank you so very much for that!
And then the icing on the cake: The Homecoming! I doubt if I will ever come "down" from the "high" of it all. What an experience! I can't help but tear up now as I write about it. To say I was flabbergasted is a gross understatement!
I have to tell you that as I was wheeled through the airport to the crowd"s cheers of: "Thank you, William!", "We love you, Bill!", "God Bless You, Mr. Farrell", etc., I realized why you had made the patriotic name tags for all the vets. I just had to smile. Honor Flight had left no stone unturned.
It was all so overwhelmingly AMAZING! I can only hope you know how truly thankful I am.
God Bless You, and God Bless America!
Bill Farrell - Veteran
Everyone at Honor Flight South Florida,
I wanted to express our thanks for letting us join you on the Honor Flight last weekend. We had a fantastic time. It was such a great experience with all the Veterans.
Thanks again. Your staff is super awesome.
Eric and Michelle - Guardians
From the Daughter of a Veteran - A letter to her Dad’s Guardian....
Where do I start? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways? I consider myself a very kind, generous, compassionate person but you put me and everyone else I know to shame. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving my father one of the most memorable days of his life -- and with such caring and kindness on your part.
When we finally reached him last night, he said he was so overcome with emotion that he could’ not talk -- told us to please call him today. I haven’t caught up with him yet but my brother said he talked for over an hour non-stop about the day and how incredible it was. He was so overcome with emotion. As my best friend said, when I told her about it, how wonderful that he was acknowledged in such an effusive way and in a way his family growing up was never able to do for him.
I am deeply grateful to you and Honor Flight South Florida for the enormous gift to my father and our family.
With deep gratitude and all good wishes,
To all the incredible staff of the Honor Flight Team,
Yesterday's Honor Flight was, beyond any question, the product of an incredibly talented organization. You are to be complimented for your planning and execution of a logistical success.
I shall never forget this event!
Thank you, thank you, I shall be forever grateful
Paul - Veteran
Dear Honor Flight Volunteers;
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Honor Flight. The program gave us the opportunity to see the monuments of World War II and other wars. Most of all, the way we were greeted when we returned from Washington was a welcome the was very special, and very different from the welcome I received when I returned home after World War II.
I told my daughter that the welcome I received made me feel as as important as General Dwight Eisenhower.
I would like to thank the volunteers from Honor Flight who planned this trip and events and gave me memory I will never forget.
I am very grategul.
Irv - Veteran
I, and my family, cannot thank Honor Flight South Florida enough for the pride and happiness you brought to our Dad. We are all saddened by his passing recently, but know the care and understanding you gave him on his Honor Flight trip brough him joy.
I can truly say that prior to Honor Flight dad thought of himself as a soldier who loved to tell war stories but never thought of himself as a hero.
Then that special day came and not only was the experiencce a memorable one but, for the first time in his life, he felt like a hero upon his return. It was a welcoming that he never got when he returned home from WWII. When I saw all of the thousands of people there to greet theVets I said to myself, "Boy, the first person coming off that plane will feel like they have just walked on the moon!" Little did I know that Dad was that person, with you wheeling him down he aisle. He was beaming from ear to ear and shook so many hands that he commented that he felt like General Eisenhower. I cannot tell you how much that experience meant to him.
I cannot thank the Honor Flight South Florida volunteers enough for the special role they played in making my dad's honor flight and a real l "dream come true". Keep up your work as you touch the lives of so many.
We will forever be grateful..