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Texas Panhandle Honor Flight

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BC: Dedicated to Avin W. Brownlee an American Hero

FC: Texas Panhandle Honor Flight OCTOBER 2009

1: The night before the trip at Tascosa High school. | Mother helping Dad look pretty for the trip. | Avin W. and Avin S., excited about the trip. At the airport on departure day. | At the airport, having breakfast provided by Whataburger, 7:00 am, October 7, 2009

2: Boarding the plane. | The Brownlee's got the first two seats on the first row in first class. | An honorary water cannon salute sends us off. | The loaded plane. That is Jack Barnes, our leader in the yellow shirt.

3: The two elder statesmen on the trip. Eddie on the left at age 97, Avin on the right at 96.

4: Upon arrival in DC we received another water cannon salute and there were several hundred people in the airport lobby cheering our Vets.

5: Our first destination after arriving in DC was the World War II Memorial. The Vets are assembling and marching into the memorial.

6: This is the WWII Memorial, looking toward the Atlantic monument from the Pacific side. It is huge and very impressive.

7: A Bagpiper went with the Vets to all the memorials. | Bob Scheurer, Wichita Falls and Avin Brownlee, getting acquainted.

8: Presenting arms at the World War II Memorial.

9: The wreath presenting ceremony to honor the WWII Vets.

10: Seated between | Salerno and Rome | We came all this way and are still in Texas. | Dad and his new friend Bob Scheurer.

11: Four thousand stars, each representing 100 Americans killed in WWII. Looking away from the stars to the Washington Monument.

12: Inspirational quotations, humorous cartoons and Mother Nature at her best, all at the same time.

13: The next stop was the Korean War Memorial. To commemorate the 38th Parallel the memorial consists of nineteen statues, each reflected on a black granite wall to produce a total of 38 soldiers. We had a wreath presentation here too.

14: Dinner the first night at a nice restaurant. Breakfast the second morning. Dad is visiting with US Representative Mac Thornberry.

15: Day two at the Marine Memorial and Iwo Jima Monument. | Presenting arms at the Monument. Three of our vets fought at the battle of Iwo Jima.

16: After the Marine Memorial we went to Arlington National Cemetery. You feel like you are in a Holy Place. | There are two teams of horses to carry caskets, a white team and a black team. We watched the black team escorting a funeral procession.

17: Changing the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

18: A team of our Vets presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

19: LIFE | ON | THE | BUS

20: As seen from the bus, the US Capitol and the Pentagon. | We had a great tour inside the Pentagon but were not allowed to take any pictures.

21: Dinner the second night with Ray Mathis and his daughter Reta Howard. Joining us was a Vet from Dallas and his daughter, an American Airlines volunteer.

22: At the restaurant the second night with our new friends Bob and Susan.

23: At breakfast the last day of the trip. The speaker was the granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower. We all see his cowboy hat but where is the cowboy?

24: At the Vietnam Memorial the last morning of the trip. The four men in the picture are Vietnam Vets and the woman is a Vietnam widow. All volunteered to be guardians.

25: Dad presenting a flag in honor of a soldier from the Panhandle who died in Vietnam.

26: Presenting arms in front of the Lincoln Memorial. | It looks like our cowboy found his hat.

27: We had lunch and visited with wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital.

28: As the Vets boarded the plane in DC there was another large crowd of thankful well wishers to see them off.

29: The flight home was a great experience. Everyone was tired but also full of energy and talked about the trip and how great it was. Each person felt HONORED to be on the trip. The guardians and volunteers felt especially privileged to be included and to see the dignity and honor bestowed upon the Veterans every where they went.

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