God bless “The greatest generation” we are losing at a rate of 1,000 men and women a day.
What the reasoning for congressional intervention?
Hundreds of World War II veterans were coming from Mississippi on Honor Flights to visit their memorial on the Mall. Veterans who had planned the trip for months were not going to be denied the right to see the monument built to their bravery.
Former Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra who accompanied the veterans, along with passerby’s yelled “Let them in; let them in," over and over to mass loud applause and encouragement to remove the barriers.
Park security made no effort to block the WWII vets, many having difficulty to walk or in wheelchairs. This more than likely be their last chance to see the memorial in their sunset years.
The congressmen taking part in the intervention included Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Republican Reps. Bill Huizenga of Michigan, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Steve King of Iowa, and Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, who organized the intervention.
Remember those names next election day.
Gohmert circulated a “call-to arms” to fellow colleagues encouraging them to participate to insure the vets trip would not be in vain, The Mississippi Press reports.
According to Rep. Hoekstra, "I was told their leadership told them not to do it. It would step on their messaging. But that's the bigger lesson for today. Just go out and do the right thing. And this was the right thing to do," he told Newsmax by phone.
"They accepted this act of civil disobedience by these congressmen and didn't try to make a scene. Watching the vets enter was emotional," Hoekstra said.
Many in Congress were at the Reagan National Airport (appropriate) to welcome the Honor Flight vets, and then joined them on their path to the monument. Honor Flight, for those Americans unaware, is a national non-profit organization that raises money to honor veterans with free trips to Washington.
Honor Flight's Chairman of the Board Jim McLaughlin said, "It's devastating the government shutdown), these World War II veterans have been waiting 65 years to see this memorial and for them not to have the opportunity to see it. I can't imagine how these veterans might feel going home tonight and not getting their chance. For most of them, this is their only chance."
The average age is now around 87-88 and many are in their early 90s.
I know my late father (1913 - 2008); a veteran Marine officer who fought in WWII from Guadalcanal to Okinawa (1942 – 1945) and Korea (1950-52), would have had tears in his eyes, had he lived to be on one of those Honor Flights.
He would have been there too, even if he had to crawl.
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