There are a few times during the year that I am compelled to depart from discussing portable storage and turn my attention to something far more important: our military service men and women. With Memorial Day nearly here and Independence Day and Veterans Day on the distant horizon, it’s fitting to pay tribute to our military.
One organization that honors our veterans throughout the year is Honor Flight. Here in Rockland, our local affiliate is Hudson Valley Honor Flight and its mission is to take every veteran, free of charge, to Washington DC to visit the monuments and memorials dedicated to them, the men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.
Two years ago I had the moving and memorable experience of accompanying my dad, a WWII veteran, on an Honor Flight. If you’re lucky enough to go, you’ll never forget it; and if you can’t accompany a vet, consider showing up at the airport for the grand sendoff or to welcome the honorees home at the end of the day. Hundreds of men, women and children did just that last weekend at Westchester Airport, shaking our heroes’ hands, thanking them for their service, and giving them the welcome home that they all deserve.
My dad is my hero, and the men and women he served with and those who have come before and after have my undying gratitude and eternal respect. Whether remembering our fallen this Monday, admiring the visionaries who fought for our country’s independence July 4, or honoring those who have served come November, we at iCan urge you to take a moment to reflect and respect. Then put that feeling into action – check the links in the fall to see when another mission is scheduled and greet our veterans at the next Honor Flight. You’ll never forget it.