honor flight

honor flight

'Rosies' given hero's welcome in their first honor flight to D.C.

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There was a hero’s welcome in Washington Tuesday for the women who helped America win World War II. About 30 "Rosie the Riveters" were greeted at Reagan National Airport, part of the honor flight program that, since 2005, has flown roughly 160,000 veterans to Washington, D.C., for daytrips that celebrate their service. This was the first flight specifically for the Rosies. Symbolized by the iconic "We Can Do It!" image, Rosies worked jobs traditionally done by men, like building bombers, tanks and other weapons of war. Seven decades later, these women were cheered by more than 50 people lined up outside the gate for the plane from Detroit. "It's important to take time to say thank you for your service and sacrifices," said Megan Patrick. She has been meeting honor flights about once a month for the last four years and serves as a guardian, a volunteer who spends the day with a vet as they tour the nation's capital. Patrick captured video on her cell phone of Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), an Iraq war veteran wounded when her helicopter was shot down in 2004, as she welcomed the Rosies.