We did another Great River Honor Flight last night and, this time, our entire Boy Scout troop joined in. Very cool!
A few of us piled in my van and headed down to meet the Patriot Guard for the escort from Bowling Green to Hannibal. Here’s that part of our group with Vern & Hollie.
Vern & Hollie are the folks who organize the Patriot Guard escorts for the Great River Honor Flights. As I posted on Facebook this morning, they’re not only rock stars, they’re also cheap!
The other part of the troop was waiting in Hannibal for the arrival, helping to pass out American flags to the audience. And, apparently, be a backdrop for the local news station’s report.
Once the veterans arrived, the troop was reunited and lined up to welcome and honor them.
A moment to allow Holie & me to take a nice photo in front of the bus…
and then time to help put away the flags. (This photo kind of reminds me of the Iwo Jima flag raising photo. Heh.)
A little downtime afterwards and we all headed home. (Duke’s not yet old enough to be a Boy Scout so, for that night, he was an honorary one. He’ll meet the age requirement this coming summer.)
(FYI: I can’t seem to get any photos of the vets because of the crowds. I don’t want to cut in front of their awaiting families just to take pictures. Just wanted to explain that so you don’t think I’m ignoring the whole reason for the Honor Flights!)