Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Greatest Generation

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This photograph is from one of my favorite assignments.  We were asked to meet an Honor Flight on the tarmac at Dulles Airport in Washington D.C.  I was joined by my friend and colleague, world-class videographer, Ron Sim.

There were seventy-five World War II veterans on board the flight. We spent the entire day with the vets as they visited the WWII Memorial (and other monuments) in a day honoring them. It was a rainy day, but I used the rain to my advantage as I had a lump in my throat or a tear in my eye several times throughout the day.

The fellow pictured above is viewing the Field of Stars at the WWII Memorial.  Each star represents 100 American deaths during the war.  There are 4000 stars. You can do the math - 400,000 American deaths.

World War II veterans are dying at a rate of about 1300 per day now.  In fact, Ron and I attended a reception for these men a few weeks ago in Houston, TX.  In the time between our trip to Washington DC (a few months ago) and our trip to Houston, one man had already passed away.

If you ever get the opportunity, please thank them for their service.  And for our freedom.

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