Stars & Stripes Honor Flight
Valerie Cutting, Lifestyle Enrichment Specialist at Harbor Campus
Dave M., a resident of Harbor Campus, was one of the remaining few Stars & Stripes Honor Flight candidates that served during World War II. He was part of the group of 11 WWII veterans, 44 Korean War veterans, and 97 Vietnam War veterans on April 14th who flew on a long-awaited visit to Washington, D.C. Dave served in the Army as a 4th-grade radio operator from 1943-1946 with Company B 270th Engineer Combat Battalion and was stationed in Germany and France.
His daughter Beth B. trained as his travel companion and was able to share this remarkable day with her father. It is a long day for anyone - beginning in the wee hours of the morning and returning late in the evening - but even more so for these men. Dave's Harbor Campus family were there to support him in his endeavor every step of the way. Many of the Campus team helped prepare him for this day with discussions, family contact, and support. Together they wrote letters and made cards to surprise him with written appreciation through the Honor Flight Mail Call. The Mail Call is a collection of mail gathered for these veterans as a tribute to the ever-anticipated mail calls they received during their serving years. The mail is delivered to the travelers on their return flight home, welcomed with laughter and tears.
Dave's Harbor Campus friends, local Boy Scout troops, personal friends, and family all gathered at General Mitchell International Airport with noisemakers, posters, and hugs. It was a moment to behold that will never be forgotten. What a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all. Dave's face was priceless when he recognized the team from Harbor Campus and his friends and family. He and his daughter Beth were surprised at the outpour of support, love, hugs, and happy tears.
What a fantastic opportunity to honor our heroes!
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