Jeff Miller of Henderson, N.C., and Earl Morse of Springfield, Ohio, a retired Air Force captain, ruminated about the heartbreak of so many veterans not having the means to visit the nation's war memorials that honor them.
Miller and Morse decided to act. They set up the
Honor Flight Network, which would take these heroes to the nation's capital to see the statuary that honors them.
The first Honor Flight shuttled 300 Asheville area veterans to the capital on Sept. 23 and 24, 2006.
Volunteers and donors picked up the entire tab, including hotel accommodations.
By the end of 2010, the group had sent 63,292 veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to Washington. The numbers have grown since.
What a great nation to have such veterans and so many people willing to help them. Only the heartless would not be willing to help these bands of brothers visit The Wall and the other memorials.
Heartless pretty much describes the Obama administration's decision to barricade the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Tuesday.
This belligerent and foolish act of political theater only gets worse.