I had the honor and privilege of being part of Saturday’s Leather Stocking Honor Flight trip to Washington DC to see the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and The Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. There were 31 World War II Vets on this one day trip who ranged in age from 88-98 years old. I spent most of the day with 92 year old Malta resident Ben Armiento who served on the USS Franklin an aircraft carrier. He was on the ship just off the coast of Japan when it was bombed by the Japanese. 800 men lost their lives on that day in March 1945. Ben had not flown since he was discharged by the Navy in 1946. What an experience to be with him Saturday!
To all those on our trip Saturday and to all those World War II Vets I salute you! If you want to find out more about the Leather Stocking Honor Flight, click here.
Here is a photo of Ben Armiento and me at the World War II Memorial.
The picture I’m holding is of my Dad who was a Navy Chaplin and served in the Pacific, primarily near the island of Pelelieu.
See more PHOTOS from the day, here