|Mr. Kenneth J. Seefried, WBRC Alumnus, visited the|
Naval Monument in Washington, D.C. with the
Honor Flight Organization in October 2010
By: Kenneth J. Seefried, WBRC Alumnus
On October 7, 2010 I was invited to go on a trip to see the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. through the Honor Flight organization. I was excited and honored to participate in such a wonderful trip. I have wanted to visit the memorial since I heard of its completion. The invitation was accepted, we would leave the next morning.
Twenty-four veterans and fifteen volunteers flew from San Francisco International Airport direct to D.C. Our tour of many Monuments would begin early the next morning. The first stop on the tour was the WWII memorial. We stayed at the memorial for about three hours. The group had a small ceremony at the California Portion of the memorial. After that ceremony we checked out the portions that honor each state and territory that fought in the war. The waterfall at this memorial was its most impressive feature. It had thousands of metal stars which represented the people who died during the war. Each star represented 500 people. The visit was a very moving experience.
Afterwards we visited the Arlington National Cemetery and our group witnessed the changing of the guard. We visited several other historic sites in D.C. including the Iwo Jima Monument, the Lincoln Monument, and the Naval Memorial. The Naval memorial was very meaningful to me as I spent twenty-three years serving in the U.S. Navy. I would like to thank the Honor Flight organization and Richard Wing, WBRC RN Manager, for making this trip possible for me. It was wonderful to see these memorials and the trip was a once in a lifetime experience.
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