Korean War Veterans Memorial, Saturday, May 6, 2017: Honor Flight Day!

Hey there!  Yes, I’m still here.  I’ve been volunteering all over the Mall as usual.  I just haven’t had time to blog.  I know you have missed me.

So, today found me at Korea, where I would be filling in for another volunteer who usually greets the Honor Flights.  Honor Flight started as a way to bring World War II Veterans to DC to see the World War II Memorial.  It’s a fantastic program.  Now that it’s been in existence for about 10 years, may of the flights are starting to focus on also reaching Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans.  The last Honor Flight of the day actually had 80 Korean War veterans, and only 8 WWII veterans.  It’s usually the opposite.  I had only made contact with 5 of the coordinators, but I knew it was going to be a busy day.

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Korean War Memorial, Saturday, December 31, 2016

I spent the final day of 2016 at the Korean War Veterans Memorial.  I would have loved to end the year where I began it, but WAMO is closed for at least another 2 1/2 years, so other sites get my attention these days.  It was a beautiful day.  Crisp, cool, but sunny most of the day and there wasn’t a whole lot of wind.  I spent my day either at the desk in the Korea contact station, or inside the Memorial. Continue reading

World War II Memorial, Saturday, December 3, 2016

I was at the World War II Memorial on Saturday.  There were a lot of volunteers there, but most were hanging out in the contact station, so I spent a lot of time in the memorial.  It was a little chilly and windy, but in the sun it actually got warm enough for me to take my earmuffs and gloves off.  Visitors came in groups–sometimes the memorial was very crowded and sometimes it was nearly empty. Continue reading

Veterans Day at the World War II Memorial, Friday, November 11, 2016

Ceremonies are always moving experiences.  I’ve been fortunate to volunteer at several in recent years, and the Veterans I am fortunate to meet stick with me forever.  I initially thought I wouldn’t be able to make this year’s Veterans Day ceremony, because I was supposed to be traveling for work.  I still have my job, but the trip was canceled.  A bit of a bummer, but I was definitely excited I was able to participate in the National Park Service/Friends of the National World War II Memorial joint ceremony.  As in the past, I was selected to escort a Veteran during the wreath-laying.

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World War II Memorial, Friday, October 7, 2016

I took off of work on my birthday so I could volunteer at the World War II Memorial.  I would have loved to have been able to volunteer at WAMO, but it’s closed indefinitely so they can address the elevator issues, among other things.  So WWII it was.

For most of the day, it was just me.  There was a Ranger there when I arrived, but he was quickly off to do a tour.  I spent some time in the Memorial after he was finished with his tour, and then he was off to a class in the afternoon and it was my show for the rest of the day. Continue reading