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Honor Flights

“There is no greater love than this: that a person would lay down his life for the sake of his friends.”

It's been said a number of different ways, but the message is always the same. Life itself is the most precious possession we will ever have, and the willingness to sacrifice it for another is something we hold in the highest regard. And rightfully so. There are many amongst us who run toward the danger that would threaten the life of another. Those people, our families, our friends, our neighbors, come in many forms and perform what many see as nothing short of miracles, and for some, divine intervention. They are our angels sent to protect. But that love, to achieve its full value and be served, must be returned. Sometimes a simple thank you will suffice. Sometimes, we will never come close to repaying that debt of gratitude. But we should never stop trying.

For us and our generations, the combat veterans of the world's second greatest war, deserve our deepest gratitude, and it is incumbent on us to never stop saying thank you for the sacrifices they made and were willing to make on our behalf, that we may live our lives as free men and women. Thank yous can take many forms; buying a vet some breakfast or cup of coffee while going about our daily lives and routines, or visiting veterans cemeteries on days declared just for them. Or taking the time to greet them formally as they arrive to our towns from across the country. And that is exactly what the Cadets and seniors from the Leesburg Composite Squadron have done.

Taking time from busy personal lives, many from our squadron gathered at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly VA to greet our veterans as they arrived at the nations capitol to visit the monuments erected in their honor. A seemingly small gesture, the tears welling from the veterans gives a glimpse of the emotions that run deep within. There are many honor flights that come into the area and each one presents an opportunity to say thank you. And while the cheers may drown it out, or the tears choke it down, if you listen closely you'll always hear a whispered, "You're Welcome".