I was pleased to receive an invitation from Gary Swanson to be a “guardian” (volunteer helper) on the Honor Flight planned for next fall.
Honor Flight, www.honorflight.org, takes groups of World War II veterans to visit the Washington, D.C., memorial dedicated in their honor. With an estimated 1,000 World War II veterans dying each day, time is of the essence to honor as many veterans as possible. All costs are covered by donations to Honor Flight.
Since the mid-1990s I have volunteered my time to help publicize World War II veterans from the European and Japanese theaters of war, including troop carriers in the Pacific and Army troops who landed in France right after D-Day. Since 2001 I have also been working with the local Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, and “adopted” Dorwin Lamkin, who was a Navy corpsman, as my uncle after my last uncle (also a WWII Navy veteran) died in 2003.