Saturday night, April 26, Marlon and I were treated to a very unique and humbling experience. We were invited to the home of our friends, Kim and Chuck Anderson. The occasion was an evening of barbecued burgers, a movie and a trip to the Southwest Florida Regional Airport.
The movie was a documentary called Honor Flight, an incredibly moving documentary that tells of a national movement of people who set about to honor our World War II veterans by organizing and mobilizing trips to Washington DC and making sure our veterans have the opportunity to visit the World War II Veteran’s Memorial. The film and the stories of the organizers and veterans alike was truly awe-inspiring.
If you are not aware of Honor Flight, I urge you to see it… and to find out more about our World War II Veterans. As we are told in the film, these unsung heroes are dying at a rate of 900 per day. It is important we acknowledge them and thank them now. They didn’t simply make America free… they made the entire world safer and helped end an era of what easily could have become a world of people living in tyranny.
Our friend, Chuck, became active when the company he works for, Swiss watchmaker Breitling, honored World War II veterans with a limited-edition watch collection and contributed a percentage of the proceeds to the Honor Flight Network. It was at Chuck's invitation we went along to conclude the evening at Southwest Florida Regional Airport celebrating, applauding and thanking the Collier County chapter of Honor Flight upon their return home from their Honor Flight trip to Washington DC.
As I said at the beginning of this journal entry, the experience was both unique and humbling. I’m forever grateful for Chuck and Kim's invitation and the exposure to this incredible group.
Here are a few snapshots of the evening. No high art here… but hopefully the imagery is enough to move you to check out Honor Flight in your area. These men all walk among us… and they are truly are heroes.
A short video about Breitling's Honor Flight Participation: http://youtu.be/QkqgZACcY0Q
Find out more about Honor Flight at: http://www.honorflight.org/
And the movie, Honor Flight at: http://www.honorflightthemovie.com/