I have been assigned alot of stories in my years in this business. When I was first assigned the Honor Flight Story, I thought it was just going to be another assigment. How wrong I was.
To go to Washington D.C.. with 117 World War II veterans (aka: heroes) was indescribable...and VERY humbling. I was particularly honored to be a "guardian" on the trip. Everyone who was not a veteran was responsible to be a "guardian." Guardians make sure the Veterans get where they need to go....whether it is pushing a wheelchair, helping them off a bus, making sure they get food...or get their picture taken. It was such an Honor....and an incredible experience to hear their stories.
Today, I got the news that a second Honor Flight veteran had died since we returned. It is not enough putting a small tribute to Robert Barker on our 5 PM NEWS. So, I say thank you once again Robert Barker..... a boy who quit his Senior year at Wichita's North High School to join the Navy after Pearl Harbor. He died November 5th at the age of 82. I had the priveledge of shedding a few tears over the phone with his daughter. Robert Barker and all our World War II veterans are true "men." in every sense of the word. They are "men" I am afraid we won't see the likes of for a long time.