A dream of many Pearl Harbor survivors is to return to the place which not only had a huge impact on their lives, but on our entire nation. The Old Glory Honor Flight program is committed to making that dream happen.
On a recent trip to Hawaii, Pearl Harbor survivors from Wisconsin were flown back to Oahu to visit the place where their lives changed forever. Some of them had returned on their own before, others had not returned since being stationed there. Either way, the voyage back stirred up a lot of memories. Luckily they were not alone as a member of their family is allowed to travel with them. The program is so dedicated to their mission, they were even able to provide caregivers to help out the loved ones left back home while sojourning “back to Pearl.”
After arriving at Pearl Harbor, the survivors were given a private tour of the USS Arizona Memorial where a special commemorative service was held.
Check out this video from the recent Wisconsin Old Glory Honor Flight:
The Old Glory Honor Flight is not just committed to giving Pearl Harbor survivors the chance to return to Hawaii. Their mission is to give all World War II survivors the chance to visit the monuments built in their honor.
So keep your eyes peeled for Pearl Harbor survivors on your next visit, and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with them either. Many are more than happy to share their stories and give you first-hand insight into what it was like to live through one of the most significant events in American history.
Come, join us on a trip to Pearl Harbor and experience all the tragedy and majesty of Pearl Harbor’s monuments.