American Legion Post 147 Lieut. C. Edward Hine

American Legion Post 147 members Joe Casten (Merchant Marine WWII Veteran) and Guardian Jack Rutherford joined over 80 WWII and Korean War Veterans on this highly memorable trip.

The average age of the Veterans attending was 91.5, with the oldest at 100.

There were 70 volunteer 'Guardians' accompanying the Veterans, as well as over 50 volunteers at each airport to assist. 150 Veterans, Guardians and Volunteers flew via a chartered USAir plane to Reagan National Airport in Wash. DC.

We then had three Police-escorted coaches to transport us to the memorials: The WWII Memorial on the Washington Mall, the Korean War Memorial, the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial and the Air Force memorial.

WVIT sent a team with us and provided this coverage:  http://tinyurl.com/mq4p3r3  

Photo Courtesy of Chris Domlon BDL-Ops

Here are some pictures from the trip:

Greeting from BagPiper at Bradley Airport

Waiting in the Terminal

Getting ready to board

WWII Memorial entrance

WWII Memorial Overview

                   

Joe Casten and unknown at the Connecticut pillar

Lincoln Memorial

Veterans Group Photo, Joe Casten in Center

The Korean War memorial

Lincoln Memorial

The Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) Memorial

Veterans Group Photo

The Air Force Memorial

Arriving home to massive reception!

 

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