Friday, May 10, 2013

Honor Flight of West Central Florida Returns from D.C. Trip

More than 600 people lined the baggage claim area to honor 79 World War II veterans in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport this week.  It was a hero's welcome for a very deserving group.

Sarasota's Harlan Twible, who gave the orders to abandon ship during the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945, was the first one off the Allegiant Air flight. Led in by bagpipers and greeted by applause and American flag waving, the veterans capped a memorable day visiting Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Lincoln, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials, and the World War II Memorial.
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