COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's the end of an era for Honor Flight of South Carolina.
Wednesday's flight was the organization's final trip of taking World War II and Korean War veterans on a free one day trip to Washington DC to see the memorials and monuments in their honor.
The idea was conceived in 2005 as a way to recognize veterans who did not receive any pomp and circumstance upon their arrival back home from service abroad. Organizers felt it was necessary to give recognition to those who protected our freedom some 70 years ago. These flights have proved to be terrific community events where hundreds turn out to give these veterans the hero's welcome they never received.
The images captured on this last trip, and those of the past 10 years, were remarkable and give us pause to reflect on how difficult the struggle was then, and is today, to protect our freedom.
For the 66 veterans of this last Honor Flight, it was a memorable day. Many felt they did not deserve all the accolades. They served because they felt an underlying commitment to protecting our freedom. For this, we are indeed a grateful nation.
One of the many veterans very humbly pointed out as he waded through the crowd at Columbia's airport on Wednesday night as Honor Flight returned home, "I didn't deserve all of this."
Well sir, we beg to differ.
That's my take. What's yours?