On a 98 degree day in early August 2007, a WOSU camera crew – producer Mary Rathke, videographer Jason Perkins, and audio technician Phillip Park – shadowed 32 World War II veterans as they traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII memorial. With help from Honor Flight, these seniors were given an all-expense paid trip of a lifetime.
This 30-minute TV special shows highlights of this trip, when veterans shared their stories and thoughts on this exciting and emotional journey. Also included are interviews with: Bob Dole, U.S. Senator; Susan Barr, Public Affairs/Media Director-Honor Flight; and many veterans and volunteers
Watch an eight-minute clip:
Travel date was Saturday, August 4, 2007
32 WWII Veterans were on the Flight, along with 17 Guardians (people who help out). Three vets were listed as terminally ill (they are bumped up to the top of the Honor Flight wait list)
Timeline for the trip:
Vets and Guardians arrive at airport at 6:45am, clear security at 7:30am
8:45am: Southwest Airlines CMH Flight 842 departs from Columbus International Airport
9:45am: airplane lands at BWI (Baltimore Washington International)
10:30am: Vets have brunch at the Country Buffet
12:15pm: Vets arrive at the WWII memorial
Later they visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Navy Memorial, and United States Marine Corps War Memorial.
They also were taken on a bus tour down Pennsylvania Ave.
5pm: depart for dinner at Country Buffet
7:30pm: arrive at BWI
9:35pm: fly out of BWI
11pm: arrive in Columbus (CHM), family members welcome them home