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To just say thank you is lacking

May 17, 2012
Daily Press


The thrill as well as the emotions shown by the Honor Flight World War II veterans was very moving as they revealed the memorials dedicated to those who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Only being there could one appreciate the vivid feelings of many of the World War II veterans. Any World War II veterans that have served in uniform should be sure to take this trip for it is a memory you will relive for years.

As to the wonderful volunteer crew that has made this a reality, one finds it so lacking to just say, "thank you." Each veteran had an assigned "partner," "friend," "whatever" - they nurtured us as if we were close family even though most of us just met. Everything was planned and run off very efficiently. Five minutes before we landed in Baltimore it had been raining for some time. As we stepped off the plane the rain stopped and we had no rain through the entire day. Just the Lord lending a hand also.

For the benefit of those that don't know - each of these volunteers pay their own fare. What a gift, what a crew, thank you is not enough.

Finally thanks must be given to the local U.P. residents and groups that provided us with remembrances, services, and welcomes as we left Escanaba and returned. Such folks are what make Escanaba the down-to-earth town that it is.

I do think it appropriate to say thanks at this time from all World War II veterans to those young men and women who have been going through military activities over the past 50 years. The future of America is in the hands of today's generations. God bless.

George Rusch




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