World War II veterans visit their memorials in Washington, DC


MILLING AND PAVING WILL CONTINUE IN ROANOKE. THIS WEEK THE ROUND HILL NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE IMPACTED. A LIST OF STREETS IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD ARE ON YOUR SCREEN. NO DETOURS WILL BE ESTABLISHED. DRIVERS ARE ASKED TO USE CAUTION IN THAT AREA. 3 ááSTINGERáá 3 BILL RHODES/HONOR FLIGHT GUARDIAN : “THESE GUYS ARE JUST SPECIAL; I MEAN YOU JUST HAVE TO BE AROUND THEM 24-7 TO REALLY APPRECIATE HOW UNIQUE THEY ARE AND HOW HUMBLE THEY ARE.”WE WANT REFLECT ON 3 THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY THIS PAST WEEK. 75 YEARS LATER — THE NUMBER OF WORLD WAR TWO VETERANS STILL ALIVE CONTINUES TO DWINDLE. IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THEY GET A CHANCE TO SEE THE MEMORIALS BUILT IN THEIR HONOR. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED RECENTLY WHEN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HONOR FLIGHT PROGRAM — TOOK A TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D-C. 3 09431:001:361:572:27SEEING A MEMORIAL IS ALWAYS A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE. BUT VISITING ONE — WITH ONE OF THE VETERANS IT WAS BUILT FOR MEANS SO MUCH MORE. BILL RHODES/ HONOR FLIGHT GUARDIAN: “IT ALMOST MAKES ME CRY TO BE PUSHING A WWII VETERAN AROUND THE MEMORIALS. PEOPLE ARE COMING IN FROM ALL OVER AND THANKING HIM AND HUGGING HIM AND I TOLD HIM, I SAID ED, YOU’RE A ROCK STAR. I MEAN IT’S 3 JUST A TRIBUTE TO HIM AND I SAID THIS IS YOUR MEMORIAL, YOU KNOW?” 14 VETERANS, INCLUDING FOUR WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR-TWO, TRAVELED TO WASHINGTON, D-C WITH THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HONOR FLIGHT PROGRAM.FOR THEM IT WAS A MOMENT THEY WILL NEVER FORGET. JACK CASSELL US NAVY : “IT WAS EXCITING BECAUSE I HAD NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE, AND TO SEE SUCH A MAGNIFICANT MONUMENT IT’S HUGE. AND YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE, IT’S THAT BIG AND IMPRESSIVE.” ED MOCHEL: US ARMY “I WASN’T SURE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE, I WANTED TO JUST GO AND SEE ALL THESE MEMORIALS AND THEY’RE INTERESTING, AND THERE’S A LOT OF I THINK LOVE, APPRECIATION. EVERY TIME YOU GO TO A MEMORIAL, YOU THINK OF ALL THE GUYS THAT DIDN’T COME BACK. THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE COUNTRY.” IT ALSO SERVES AS A REMINDER AS TO WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE REMEMBERS THE SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO NEVER CAME HOME.CARLOS SHOWALTER/US MARINE CORPS VETERAN “WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE GRAVEYARD AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, AND AS YOU RIDE BY THERE AND SEE ALL THOSE CROSSES LINED UP, YOU THINK TO YOURSELF THEY TRADED ALL OF THEIR TOMORROWS FOR MY TODAY AND YOUR TODAY, AND YOUR TODAY.” THE TRIP WAS ESPECIALLY TOUCHING FOR ONE GUARDIAN WHO WAS THERE WITH HIS GRANDFATHER.JUSTIN BURR/HONOR FLIGHT GUARDIAN : “GROWING UP I SAW HIM AS A FARMER AND I NEVER REALLY SAW HIM AS A SOLDIER, NEVER REALLY SAW HIM AS A VETERAN. I MEAN I KNOW WHAT HE DID FOR THE COUNTRY AND EVERYTHING, BUT I REALLY GOT TO EXPERIENCE THAT, GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON MY GRANDFATHER THIS WEEKEND.” A PERSPECTIVE THAT WAS SHARED BY ALL WHO SAW THE VETERANS ON THE TRIP. MAKING SURE TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE SOMETHING THAT TRULY MADE AN IMPACT ON THE ENTIRE GROUP. BILL COLLIER/US ARMY WWII VETERAN: “WE CAME IN THAT DOOR BACK HERE FROM THE BUS AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE WERE THERE AND I WAS KIND OF SWEPT OFF MY FEET. I MEAN THAT WAS WELL DONE; I DON’T KNOW HOW THEY DID IT.” ONE UNPLANNED MOMENT OF MANY THAT MADE THE TRIP TRULY LIFE-CHANGING FOR ALL WHO WERE THERE. 3 WFXR ALSO HAS A WEB EXTRA FROM THE TRIP – TO SEE THAT JUST

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