Agriculture's Big Picture
AgWeb Editor Greg Vincent takes a big-picture look at agriculture and current events.
A Reminder of Our Legacy
Oct 01, 2008
The Southwest Airlines terminal at Baltimore Washington International airport came to a standstill this morning as people stood and applauded to honor the 34 old men exiting the jet way following a 2-hour a flight from Kansas City. Some walked without assistance, others used canes and many were transported in wheel chairs, but they all held their heads high.
These 34 old men are heroes and they symbolize why our country will emerge from this current financial crisis stronger than it was heading into it. The men are part of the greatest, but too-often forgotten generation. Through the assistance of the Honor Flight organization, the tiny town of Linden, Kansas, sent these heroes to our nation’s capitol to visit the World War II Memorial.
Angela Spencer, one of the organizers of the tour says, “Money has not been a problem. We’ve been on TV, radio and in newspapers talking about this. When people hear about it, they call and want to know where to send the check.” In fact, the veterans on the trip are not allowed to pay for any part of the trip, she says.
Despite the current challenges we face as a country today, these 34 heroes and the people they represent remain with us and they have passed on a legacy of pride we all enjoy as Americans.