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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Lt. Col. Edward Marshall, deputy commander, 45th Mission Support Group, visits with Honor Flight members just before they boarded their bus to Orlando International Airport. There are approximately 9,700 WWII Veterans in Brevard County, Florida. Their goal is to ensure all have an opportunity to visit their memorial and to be recognized for their contribution to our nation by providing an all expense paid visit to Washington, D.C.

Lt. Col. Edward Marshall, deputy commander, 45th Mission Support Group, visits with Honor Flight members just before they boarded their bus to Orlando International Airport. There are approximately 9,700 WWII Veterans in Brevard County, Florida. Their goal is to ensure all have an opportunity to visit their memorial and to be recognized for their contribution to our nation by providing an all expense paid visit to Washington, D.C.

Col. Allison Bowden, commander, 45th Medical Group, spends time with 102-year-old Army veteran Ernie Hedges prior to the final Honor Flight for 2011 around 4 a.m. Oct. 20. Space Coast Honor Flight’s mission is to make it possible for our WWII Veterans to have the opportunity to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. This is a unique opportunity to say thanks to a group that sacrificed so much to make possible the freedoms we enjoy today!

Col. Allison Bowden, commander, 45th Medical Group, spends time with 102-year-old Army veteran Ernie Hedges prior to the final Honor Flight for 2011 around 4 a.m. Oct. 20. Space Coast Honor Flight’s mission is to make it possible for our WWII Veterans to have the opportunity to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. This is a unique opportunity to say thanks to a group that sacrificed so much to make possible the freedoms we enjoy today!

Military members of the 45th Space Wing, and our mission partners, render salutes to the WWII Vets being honored.

Military members of the 45th Space Wing, and our mission partners, render salutes to the WWII Vets being honored.

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- On October 20, we sent off our last honor flight of the year.  In 2012, Honor Flight took  seven trips to Washington, D.C., providing an opportunity for WWII Veterans and their Guardian escorts to visit the WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Wall, the Changing of the Guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and other memorials as time permitted.

All Photos by Capt. Matthew Sanchez