Honor Flight Salute - World War II
16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel
Walking around the World War II memorial in Washington DC is always awe inspiring. The thought of the war and what these courageous men and women endured is more than I can comprehend. Honor Flights bring in veterans at no expense to the vet. Volunteers make sure the vets can get around and see the memorial. The ceremonies celebrating the men and women are so uplifting. Swing Dancers join the celebration and make it feel like the 1940's again. There are lots of smiles, lots of dancing, lots of memories.
This veteran posed for me happily...he is so proud of his service to our country and so proud to be on this honor flight. When I looked at the picture I noticed the words etched into the stone on the monument behind him:
Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude. American will never forget their sacrifices. President Harry S. Truman
I thought those words were so poignant...so appropriate...and they say everything I want to say about this series.
As our nation ages the veterans of World War II will no longer be with us. I treasure every salute I can get from these fine men and women.