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Below and on the next few pages are words of thanks from the Veterans
and Guardians after their special Honor Flight day in Washington DC.

On Saterday, 9/23/17, I had the distinct privilege and high honor to participate, as a Vietnam Veteran, "Elite Guardian", with 142 Veterans from WW2, the Korean War, and Vietnam War on an Honor Flight South Florida flight to DC to visit our National Memorials.

We visited the Tomb of the Unknowns for Wreath Laying and Changing of the Guard Ceremonies.  We also visited the WW2, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials.  We, able bodied Vietnam Vets, were assigned Veterans from previous wars as their Elite Guardians, pushing their Wheel (Honor) Chairs and assiting them throughout the day.

This was a very rewarding and emotional day for me, to be in the company of veterans (heroes) who struggled to get up from their wheel (honor) chairs to stand in respect for our Nation's Flag and National Anthem. 

At 'The Wall' I had the opportunity to trace two names etched there on. CPT Calvin Maxwell, still M.I.A., a college friend and SFC Felix Knutson, a team member, who died in my arms on a dirt road between rice paddies in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam

On the flight returning to Ft. Lauderdale, I read thoughts from family, dear friends and others.  Upon arriving at Fort Lauderdale Airport, we were greeted and welcomed home by thousands of citizens, young and old, who didn't know us, but just wanted to say thank you, A sight better than the one that greeted me 50 years ago when I came home.

Tears 'welled' in my eyes and ran down my face as I went through this emotional experience.. 

If you have not had the opportunity to gather at an airport to welcome home an HONOR FLIGHT, please do so.  These WW2, Korean and sometimes Vietnam Veterans, returning from "one last mission" will be eternally grateful.

Thank you Honor Flight South Florida for this opportunity.

Bob Martin