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WWII Vets honored in Washington D.C.

 

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Gerald Lind (left) and Tom Lewis Sr. (right) pose with Sen. Lisa Murkowski on their trip to Washington, D.C.

Three Petersburg WWII veterans returned from Washington, D.C. earlier this month where they toured the city and its war memorials as part of a national Honor Flights Program.

Gerald Lind, 88, who served in the Air Force on crash boats and rescued downed pilots along the Aleutian Islands, said he and the other 49 veterans were well received.

"The fun part for me was we were treated like we were the kings of the world," Lind said. "It's unbelievable to be greeted and cheered and clapped and pushed around."

He was impressed by the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

"It's performed so perfectly you have to be impressed no matter what," Lind said. "It was really outstanding; I'll never forget that."

Tom Lewis Sr., 92, also went on the trip and said the WWII Memorial was his favorite experience.

"It was beautiful," Lewis said. "There were places where people had written stuff about the war and it was a little bit sad because you think about the people who were left behind. There were no names of the casualties. There were stars and each star represented 100 people and there were a whole lot of stars."

Lewis served in the Navy during WWII on a torpedo boat that patrolled the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The veterans toured the nation's capital for two days and also visited sites such as the Vietnam Memorial, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial.

Veteran Art Hammer, 92, also accompanied Lewis and Lind but couldn't be reached for an interview.

The Honor Flight Network is a national non-profit organization dedicated to honoring veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. so they can visit their monuments.

 

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