S: HONOR FLIGHT 2010
BC: "...with liberty and justice for all." | WHITLOCK, WILLIAM E
2: Honor Flight was created solely to honor Americas Veterans for all their sacrifices. Of all the wars in recent history, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation. Now, with over one thousand World War II veterans dying each day, it is our time to express thanks to these brave men and women.
3: Tuesday Sept 14,2010 We arrived at Capital Area Airport at 4:30 a.m. for the trip to Washington DC. As our plane departed we were greeted with a "water salute" from the fire trucks. All the Veterans were astonished by the respect and gratitude that was displayed.
4: We were greeted at the WWII Memorial by children and Soldiers. All were ready to help in any way and to thank the Veterans for their service.
5: Two generations of soldiers meet. Each thankful of the other for their service, honor and dedication. | A young man thanking Grandpa for his service.
6: Three buses were waiting at Dulles airport in Virgina to transport us to the Memorials. They were coded "Red, White and Blue". We were on the Blue bus. | Cal Weber & Grandpa Whitlock Cal & Eric Weber
7: Billie Rogers & Dennis Logsdon | Sean & Oliver K Donham | William Earl Whitlock & Calvin Weber
11: The Veterans gathered for a group photo between the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial. Below: A group photo of the Litchfield Veterans: Cal Weber, Wm Whitlock, OK Donham, Billie Rogers, back row: Kay Yellowley
12: While at the memorial, several Veterans honored their fallen comrads with a moment of silence.
14: Freedom Wall A field of 4000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall commemorates the more than 400,000 soldiers who gave their lives. During WWII the gold star was a symbol of family sacrifice.
16: 56 granite pillars portray the unity of our nation during World War II. Each state and territory from that period and the District of Columbia are represented by a pillar.
17: "Kilroy Was Here" This began to appear as graffiti during the war. It came to represent America's presence throughout the world. | The Veterans had a hard time finding Kilroy, but they were all thrilled when they did!
18: Becky and Kay Yellowley stop to chat with Cal and Eric Weber
19: The eagles hold a victory laurel in their beaks to memorialize the victory of the WWII generation.
21: A few interesting areas as we rode in the bus from one memorial to another. Every site had so much history and meaning.
22: The 19 figures here represent every ethnic background that fought for the United States in the Korean War.
23: "Our Nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met." 1950 * KOREA * 1953 This is inscribed in the walk along the memorial
25: To acknowledge women and their role in the war, a sculpture was designed. The sculpture depicts three women in military helping a wounded soldier.
26: Battle of Iwo Jima "...a battle with no front lines...all man to man, inch to inch..." Dedicated to Marines that gave their lives during one of the most historic battles of WWII.
29: Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The Soldiers honor the tomb through extreme heat and cold - with honor.
31: Arlington National Cemetery. Rows and rows of men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. | Sean and O.K. pause to honor our flag as the soldiers retire it for the day.
33: The Pentagon - view from the Air Force Memorial.
34: The Veterans were surprised with a "Soldiers welcome home", with family, friends and Military to greet and thank them for their service.
35: Steve, Norma, Drew, and Joan waited anxiously for our return. Rose Butler & Julie Heise -Karen's Mother and Aunt along with Susie Mathewson and her daughter Alison were by their sides in support. | "We can't all be hero's. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by." Will Rogers
36: Contents of Wm. Earl's "Mail Call" bag- letters from family, friends and students thanking him for his service.
37: Cal and Eric take a break | Sean, OK, Karen & Wm Earl pose for a photo. Our bus driver A Vietnam Veteran
38: William Earl, You once wrote, "although we cannot control what happens to us, we can control how our experiences affect us." At 19 you join the Air Force, your duty as an American, to fight for freedom. As a prisoner, you endured both mental and physical torment. Yet your faith remain strong and intact. You went on with your civilian life, became a teacher and mentor to many. Your family being your prized possession. Your patient and humble ways are in inspiration to us. We applaud your life and are proud to say you are our Father and Grandfather. Never have I heard you curse or condemn your captors. Enemies, if you had any, were never mentioned. You have a special knack for finding the good in everyone. You lived by the Golden Rule and encouraged others to do the same. As you said, "we can control how our experiences affect us", your life revolved around this as you turned negatives into positives and brought sunshine to everyone. It was an honor to accompany you on the Honor Flight to Washington. I was proud to have the privilege to introduce myself as Wm. E. Whitlock's daughter in law. Love, Karen