To the Editor:
On May 17, my husband and I were witness to two most delightful ceremonies in Washington, DC and Arlington, Va.: one at the WW II memorial on the National Mall and the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
My father-in-law, Ray Zanarini, is 96 years young. He is one of the dwindling numbers of WW II veterans that are alive today. Ray lives in Springfield, Mass., and was encouraged by a friend to contact Honor Flight New England. This organization is part of the national Honor Flight Network and transports WWII veterans on a day trip to Washington, DC for what some describe as “one of the best days of my life.”
These vets are honored from the moment they arrive at the airline terminal to the moment they arrive back home and every moment in between. Their buses have extensive motorcade escorts along their route. They were heralded as they passed through the terminal at the Baltimore-Washington airport. The veteran's flight is free; the required guardian must pay for his/her airfare.
Ray's trip was extra special because his friend since first grade, Arnold Boido, 95 years young, went too. Both were accompanied by their sons, Jerry and Tom, respectively.
If you have a loved one who is a WWII veteran from New England or a veteran from another war who is terminally ill, please contact Honor Flight New England 877-WW2-VETS (877-992-8387) or go to their website: HonorFlightNewEngland.org where you'll find more information and lots of pictures.
At this time of the year when we honor veterans who paid the supreme price, let's lend our support by making a tax deductible contribution to this terrific organization that honors those who are still living.
Eileen Russell