Guardians help veterans on Honor Flight visit to war memorialsWLOS ABC 13 News
by Frank Kracher
October 12th 2018
Some guardians were veterans, like Iraq War Marine Kevin Rumley, who was on his fourth Honor Flight..."As much as I'm moved by the experience every time, my focus as a guardian is always on the veteran and anything they need to just make their day better," Rumley said.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Blue Ridge Honor Flight took to the air last weekend for the 35th time, and the trip was a first.
Veterans of Vietnam, accompanied by Honor Flight guardians, who helped get them through a whirlwind day in Washington, D.C., were the focus for the first time.
Honor Flights are free for veterans; guardians pay for the privilege.
That group of volunteers is our Persons Of The Week.
From Asheville Regional Airport to Reagan National, the trip was the start of a "welcome home" experience so many Vietnam vets never had.
Among them, 71-year-old Yancey County native David Letterman.
First stop was the Lincoln Memorial, for a color guard flag ceremony and group photo.
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