Friday was the second day that a group of 30 East
Texas World War II veterans were in Washington D.C. for the Brookshire's Heroes Flight. On this day, they were able to see the memorial built in their honor. Although
it's technically closed because of the government shutdown, nothing, not even bad weather,
could stop them.
This was the moment the men have been waiting
for. And thankfully, unlike some of their comrades from other states, there was
no political drama, no pushback from barricades or park rangers.
And as the rain intensified, so did the
applause. Strangers, standing in the pouring rain, cheered on 30 men who had
protected their parents and grandparents. These same men, now protected by
umbrellas and ponchos, smiled through it all. The moment, while precious, was
short, and the veterans quickly made their way back to shelter. Congressman
Louie Gohmert was there again, to meet them as they left, thankful that this
time, there was no attempt to keep them from the grounds.
Only afterward, out of the storm, the men really had a
chance to stop and think about this memorial and all that comes with it.
Powerful memories, not lost on these Americans, thankful
just to be there to make a new memory. With the heroes in Washington D.C.
The veterans were hosted for dinner at the
local Knights of Columbus Hall Friday. Saturday, if the weather permits, they'll try
to see more outdoor memorials.