LOUISVILLE - Hundreds of flag-waving family, friends, and Americans packed the terminal at Louisville International Airport Oct. 23 to welcome home veterans returning from a trip to Washington, D.C.
Twenty-nine veterans, ranging in age from 85 to 92, went on a one-day trip that was sponsored by Salt River Electric, Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network. While in Washington, D.C. the veterans visited the World War II Memorial.
The veteran sponsored by Salt River Electric was Charles W. Holderman of Washington County. A member of the U.S. Army's 172nd Infantry Combat Team during World War II, he was assisted during his trip by his daughter-in-law, Kathy Holderman.
Dozens of uniformed cadets from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland greeted the Kentucky vets upon their arrival at Baltimore International Airport. Retired U.S. Senator Bob Dole and his wife, Elizabeth, talked to the vets and posed for pictures with them upon their arrival at the memorial.
The World War II Memorial pays tribute to the 16 million who served in the United States Armed Forces during the war, the 400,000 who died and all who supported the war effort on the home front. The memorial is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
The Honor Flight sponsored by Salt River Electric and the other Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is part of a larger national network in 38 states.