View of the National WWII Memorial (bottom) and the Lincoln Memorial (top) from the Washington Monument
In April 29, 2004, the National World War II Memorial was open to the public -- five years ago this week. By this time many of the WWII veterans had already died.
Today on the BlogTalkRadio show www.YourMilitaryLife.com that Nancy Brown of www.YourMilitary.com and I co-host we learned about Honor Flight Network from retired army sergeant major Jim Wertman.
The national website www.HonorFlight.org states:
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.The site carries this warning:
Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. Now, with over one thousand World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.
Honorflight.com and Honorflights.com are NOT associated with Honor Flight Network, Inc. (honorflight.org). The aforementioned sites are for companies that charge a fee for flights to visit the World War II Memorial. The flights and tours that Honor Flight Network provides World War II and terminally ill veterans are absolutely FREE.Jim Wertman is part of the South Carolina Honor Flight group, and he was on the show ahead of a May 9th Honor Flight Memorial Ride to raise funds to send WWII veterans from South Carolina to the memorial.
Visit the event site now at www.vetsride.org to learn how you can donate to this patriotic salute to WWII veterans.
And listen to our interview of Jim Wertman to hear about the reactions of these veterans to visiting a memorial thanking them for their valiant service.
Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. She also blogs at LA Internet Business Examiner, Operation Support Jews in the Military, and Fiction Marketing, and she is the co-host of the BlogTalkRadio show Your Military Life. Her company Miller Mosaic LLC builds call-to-action websites for book authors and small businesses.