October Virg took an Honor Flight to
Washington D.C. and came back overwhelmed.
The trip was wonderful, but the overwhelming
part was finding 400-500 people from
Springfield with a bagpiper waiting to greet
and cheer them when they arrived at 10:00 at
night. He decided he would do something to
promote the Honor Flight program. He brought
John Dust, the Marketing Director of the
Springfield Hub to help. Editor’s Note: I
regret that I do not have more room to do
justice to it, but here is Virg’s story.
The private Boing 737 left Springfield
shortly after 4:45AM with a load of veterans
and their guardians. On arrival Reagan
National Airport they were met with fire
trucks spraying the plane and 3 buses to
take them around.
The first stop was at the WWII Memorial
where they learned that 404,800 Americans
had made the ultimate sacrifice. Next was
the Korean Memorial with its stainless steel
soldiers trudging along. It sounds like they
have added holograms that appear and
speak as you walk along the Memorial.
American deaths in Korea were 36,914. And
the last stop was the Vietnam War where
58,209 men and women gave their lives. The
wall is beautiful, but is a stark reminder
of the terrible cost of war.
The rest of the day they went to the Lincoln
Memorial; the Mall; the Air &Space Museum;
the Iwo Jima U.S. Marines Memorial; and to
see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at
Arlington National Cemetery. Then it was
home to the rousing welcome home at the
airport in Springfield.
John Dust and the staff at the Springfield
Hub are unpaid volunteer beggars. The
Springfield Hub picked up our area when the
Effingham Hub folded. He passed our
brochures describing the Honor Flight in
He would like us to help them Find Eligible
Veterans; Make a Donation; Arrange a
Presentation; and Help Raise Funds. They
would like to make (6) Honor Flights this
year. A Boing 737 leases for $55,000 a day.
Mike Presented Virg with a Certificate of
Appreciation and Virg presented John Dust