Pilot Joe Bryon’s Honor Flights Honor Nation’s Veterans | Connecting Point | Nov. 11, 2019

Pilot Joe Bryon’s Honor Flights Honor Nation’s Veterans | Connecting Point | Nov. 11, 2019


>>JOE BYRON LAUNCHED HIS FIRST
HONOR FLIGHT ON JUNE 13TH, 2009. THAT FLIGHT TO WASHINGTON D.C.
OF FIFTY VETERANS AND GUARDIANS INCLUDED FOURTEEN WWII PRISONERS
OF WAR AND 5 WORLD WAR II HEROES. SINCE THAT TIME, JOE HAS
LAUNCHED OVER 50 FLIGHTS AND BROUGHT OVER 2000 VETERANS TO
THE NATION’S CAPITAL TO SEE THE WAR MEMORIALS. HE ADMITS IT’S A
RACE AGAINST TIME BUT SAYS HE HAS NO PLANS OF STOPPING. CONNECTING POINT PRODUCER DAVE
FRASER PARTICIPATED IN A RECENT HONOR FLIGHT AND SHARES THIS
STORY. [SIREN]
>>A HEROES WELCOME FROM FIRST RESPONDERS, FAMILIES AND
FRIENDS, VETERANS AND VOLUNTEERS, ALL SALUTING MEMBERS
OF THE GREATEST GENERATION.>>THANK YOU, HAVE A NICE TRIP.>>THANK YOU, PAVE —
>>40 MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AND KOREA
RECENTLY TOOK PART IN AN HONOR FLIGHT, TRAVELING TO
WASHINGTON, DC, TO VISIT AND REFLECT ON THEIR MEMORIAL. JOE BYRON IS THE FOUNDER OF
HONOR FLIGHT NEW ENGLAND.>>HOW IS EVERYBODY DOING OKAY?>>I’VE HEARD THAT MANY CAME
HOME AND NEVER GOT THEIR WELCOME HOME. THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL WAS
BUILT VERY LATE AND NONE OF THEM WOULD HAVE HAD THE MEANS
PROBABLY TO GET DOWN THERE, SO WE WANTED TO ENSURE THAT — THEY
HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO. [BELL RINGING]
>>IT’S ESTIMATED THAT WE LOSE 500 WORLD WAR II VETERANS EVERY
DAY. THAT’S MORE THAN 1 VETERAN EVERY
3 MINUTES SO HONOR FLIGHT FEELS THEY’RE IN A RACE AGAINST TIME
TO SAY THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO MEN LIKE
103-YEAR-OLD HENRY WHO TOOK A RECENT HONOR FLIGHT WITH HIS
DAUGHTER.>>I’LL PROBABLY NEVER HAD AN
EXPERIENCE LIKE THAT.>>HE SERVED AS A TANK MECHANIC
IN GENERAL GEORGE PATTON’S ARMY.>>I MET — WHEN I WAS DRAFTED
IN THE OF 1943 IN SEPTEMBER. WE WENT TO THE WAR ZONE BECAUSE
YOU COULD HEAR THE RATTLE OF THE MACHINE GUNS ALL THE TIME.>>LIKE MANY VETERANS WHO HAVE
PARTICIPATED IN AN HONG FLIGHT, THE TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC, IS A
MOVING EXPERIENCE, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CLOSURE AND A
CHANCE TO SHARE A TIME IN THEIR LIFE WITH FELLOW VETERANS.>>I THINK TODAY IS ONE OF THE
BEST DAYS I’VE HAD IN 70 YEARS TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. IT’S SOMETHING I THOUGHT I WOULD
NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE. IT WAS GREAT.>>I WAS AMAZED HOW MANY PEOPLE
WERE CONCERNED ABOUT MY WELFARE. I DIDN’T KNOW PEOPLE CARED. [LAUGH]
[APPLAUSE]>>I WAS THE ARMY DURING ’52 TO
’54 AND WHEN WE GOT OUT, THAT WAS IT. YOU GOT OUT, AND, YOU KNOW,
THERE WAS NO WELCOME HOME OR NOTHING, AND THIS IS A WELCOME
HOME, SOMETHING THAT GUYS IN MY ERA DIDN’T GET, SO, YEAH, IT WAS
GREAT.>>SINCE IT WAS FOUNDED IN 2009,
HONOR FLIGHT NEW ENGLAND HAS TRANSPORTED OVER 2,000 VETERANS
TO WASHINGTON, DC, ALL FREE OF CHARGE, EACH VETERAN WHO GOES
HAS A GUARDIAN ASSIGNED TO THEM. IT COULD BE A FELLOW VET, A
FAMILY MEMBER OR A VOLUNTEER.>>TO BE ABLE TO SHARE IT WITH
MY GRANDFATHER WHO I’VE LOOKED UP TO HIS MILITARY SERVICE AND
WANTED TO JOIN AND FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS AND HAVING THE
OPPORTUNITY AND BEING ABLE TO EXPERIENCE IT WAS AMAZING.>>YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THESE
GUYS. THERE’S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF THEM
LEFT. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER AND THIS IS
THE ONLY WAY WE CAN GET THE WORD OUT THERE THAT THERE ARE THESE
GUYS OUT THERE THAT WE NEED TO TAKE THEM AND HONOR THEIR
SERVICE.>>I CRY EVERY TIME WALKING
THROUGH THAT RECEPTION LINE ‘CAUSE IT JUST AMAZES ME THAT A
LOT OF PEOPLE THAT COME OUT TO SEE THEM — MOST OF THE PEOPLE
AT THE AIRPORT THIS MORNING, THEY DON’T HAVE A RELATIVE ON
FLIGHT. THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT A TREASURE
THESE GUYS ARE AND THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY GET IT IS SENDOFF
THAT THEY DESERVE.>>IT’S A SPECIAL TIME FOR
VETERANS TO RECONNECT WITH VETERANS AND SHARE STORIES AT
THAT THEY GOT NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE BECAUSE IT’S SO TENDER
AND EMOTIONAL FOR THEM. AND THEY COME HERE AS A
COMMUNITY AND THEY LEAVE AS A FAMILY.>>THE DAY IN WASHINGTON
INCLUDES A PARKED POLICE ESCORT AND VISITS TO VARIOUS WAR
MEMORIALS AND MONUMENTS INCLUDING THE WORLD WAR II
MEMORIAL, THE VIETNAM WALL, AND THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER. [TRUMPET PLAYING]
>>WE HAD TO DO WHAT WE HAD TO DO. THE REAL HEROES DIDN’T COME UP
AND A LOT OF THEM ARE LIVING WITH SURVIVORS GUILT AND THIS IS
THEIR DAY BE ABLE TO SPEAK ABOUT IT AND GET THE RECOGNITION THAT
THEY TRULY DESERVE AND WHEN THEY CLOSE THEIR EYES FOR THE LAST
TIME, KNOW THAT WE’LL NEVER FORGET. ♪
>>WE CAN’T ALL BE HEROES, SOME OF US GET TO STAND ON THE CURB
AND CLAP AS THEY GO BY, THAT FAMOUS QUOTE BY WILL ROGERS HAS
BEEN QUOTED HONORING VETERANS WHILE ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO GIVE
THANKS AND SHOW THEIR SUPPORT.>>IF WE ALLOW THE NEXT
GENERATION TO KNOW WHAT THEY DID, THE LEGACY WILL LIVE ON.

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