Last week’s South Carolina Honor Flight allowed WWII veterans from the western part of the state to see firsthand the national monuments that honor their service. Anne Eller of South Carolina Radio Network affiliate WCRS in Greenwood took part in the May 23 event.
The tour included the National WWII Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and Women in Military Service for America Memorial. They also attended the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery and visited the Tomb of the Unknowns there.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham met the group in Washington and told Eller, “My dad was a World War Two veteran. he served in the Army Air Corps in New Guinea. This generation of men and women saved the world from tyranny and our lives are all different because of their ability to win that war. If we’d lost that war, there’d be no Senate with a Lindsey Graham in it or anything else where a guy from a small town could grow up to do things that you can only dream of.”
Eller reported, “When we got back to Columbia a good 400-500 people were there, with a color guard and a band from Fort Jackson playing.” She shared the following photos: