Honor Flight Syracuse, Mission #3, April 5 2014
Earl Fontenot, Clear Path for Veterans
I had the amazing opportunity to serve as a guardian for Honor Flight Syracuse, Mission #3. I can honestly say that this was one of the mostfulfilling things that I’ve been a part of since I left the military in 2006. I served in the US Army from 2003-2006 as an artilleryman in an infantry role in both Afghanistan and Iraq. I volunteered to assist the Honor Flight as the guardian of a local Korean War Veteran. His last visit to Washington DC was over a decade ago.
The Honor Flight began with an incredible day that started at 5 a.m. A group of us, including WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans passed through the Syracuse airport security. Patriot Guard Riders lined the halls of the airport to wish us well and see us off. Our flight landed at Ronald Reagan International Airport. I was not expecting such an impressive gathering to welcome these heroes on our flight. The airport fire department showered the plane with a water cannon salute as we landed, and inside the terminal what I can only describe as a “a welcome home parade” awaited our group. There were hundreds of cheering people and bands playing music.
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- Join Project Healing Waters for another Fly-tying class at this week’s Canteen Lunch: Wednesday, 10am-12:30pm
- Lunch for the canteen is Pizza & the Cajun Sampler (gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice)!
- This Saturday’s Warrior Reset features an iRest presentation and session
- Next Saturday (April 19th, Easter) Clear Path will be Closed (no warrior reset)