A weary group of SC veterans returned late last night from their Honor Flight trip to military memorials in Washington DC. Wednesday, 183 people including guardians, volunteers and 5 doctors spent a rainy day touring the nation’s capital.
They were met by local veterans, USO members and a team of volunteers at Reagan International, including Dale Beeby (Bee-Bee) of Washington DC who helps out on a weekly basis:
…an average of about three flights a week. And this is my second one for this week. Yesterday we had one from SC, today we have SC and this next weekend we have one coming in from Michigan.
Colonel Purdy McLeod, Jr. while at the Korean monument says it “stirred him” and stirred the memories of a fateful attack on his 27th Infantry:*
That day, we lost 60 out of my company. And…my company commander and myself, were the only officers left out of five. And, out of about 160 men, we were down to about 70 men.
The military monuments tour prompted many tears and story swapping among the South Carolina veterans on the SC Honor Flight. When the SC group returned to the Columbia airport, they were met by about 200 flag-waving supporters and the Ft. Jackson band playing patriotic music.