Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Gaurdians of Honor Flight 8)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
ESCAMBIA COUNTY  -       They paid for the privilege of escorting 100 World War II heroes to the nation's capital.
The memories and emotions of that day, made it well worth the price paid by the Angels in our Midst.

Debra Flynn, Honor Flight Guardian;  They are just spry and as lively as any 18 year old I've ever seen.  Oh, yeah, it's the wrecking crew.

The Guardians'  reward was getting to walk among giants and hearing the real life stories of places and events from a world and a time far away.

Meg Peltier, Honor Flight Guardian;  They're just amazing people.  And you talk to them and you get such a sense, as you said, of living history.

Henry Long, "Band of Brothers" Survivor;  I think about the guys, my friends that I lost over there.  You don't recover them, they're gone forever.    

Phil Kiklis, WWII Veteran;  The high point of my Navy career, if you call it that, I witnessed the atomic bomb explosion in Bikini, the underwater blast.  And I don't know how many of those people are left who saw that.

Al Harris,  WWII Veteran;  We were shifted into going into Germany in the ice and snow.  And that's when I stepped on a mine.

And in every tragic tale of war, a little humor was thrown in.

Chris Banakas, WWII Veteran;  Well, I went to France, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Germany .... now, you want any more.

Debra Flynn, Honor Flight Guardian;  They always looked at the bright side of things.  You know, I can get through this and it's going to be a stronger better country for it.

The new friendships connected some of the guardians to their own families.
Kent Very, Honor Flight Guardian;  It's like being around a hundred of my dads.  He would have been 93 this year.  He was with the 29th Infantry Division at Omaha Beach in the first landing.  Fought his way across Europe, fought in Korea.  And, these guys are all just like him.  

Now, this opportunity did not come without its challenges.  One phrase heard throughout the day, "Have you seen my veterans?"

Meg Peltier, Honor Flight Guardian;  I have been running after my two vets all day long.
Where are they now?
I don't know.  I think one went that way and one went that way.
And you're here.
And I'm here talking to you.

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