Honoring a Korean War Vet.

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, my husband's Grandfather participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Wayne served during the Korean conflict from September 24, 1953 to September 8, 1955. He served in the 21st MP detachment C1 as a stenographer, Army, Adjutant General School with the rank of Private First Class. Kevin's Dad, Steve, escorted him on the flight to Washington DC.

It was a long day for our Hero. He was picked up around 3:00 am, for a 4:30 am flight, and arrived back in Milwaukee at 8:45 pm. As we were receiving pictures and updates throughout his journey, we could tell the day was an extra special one for Wayne. {Be sure to take a peak at the bottom of this post for some of those moments!}

We helped celebrate the homecoming of our Hero at Milwaukee International Airport last night. It was something beyond anything I have seen before. The amount of sacrifice, Patriotism and dedication was palpable. Respect was found around every corner, due to the unbelievable debt given by these amazing men & women.

I can honestly say, I have never seen a larger smile on Wayne's face prior to last night when we first saw him turn that corner onto the parade route. Throughout the day, they had visited many of the War Memorials in Washington DC; WWII, Air Force Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Korean Vets, Vietnam Memorial, and the list goes on. I can only imagine the emotions that were running through his mind, and this final greeting was the culmination which can only be saved for those most dear.

Veteran's Day is tomorrow, November 11th.

Welcome Home, Papa.

PS: if you ask Wayne (HUGE sports fan), i'm sure one of his biggest highlights of the day was chatting with Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Brent Suter throughout the day (he was accompanying a fellow Vet on his journey).

For those of you not familiar with the Honor Flight Program, "Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, Inc. honors veterans with a life-changing trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials and experience a day of honor and thanks."