Veteran appreciates service provided by Honor Flight New England

To the Editor:

High praise for Honor Flight New England. A volunteer organization that has been sending World War II veterans to Washington , D. C., on a complimentary no charge flight to the World War II monuments and other historic sites including a visit to the Arlington Memorial Cemetery and see the changing of the guard. The veteran must be accompanied by a guardian who will pay their own way. What is most awe inspiring is that at every stop at the airports is the presence of greeters of all ages who are thanking the veterans for their service to their beloved America. It is hard to believe that they have run out of World War II veterans so now they are seeking Korean veterans and after that Vietnam vets and then any conflict our country has been involved in. I was on the first honor flight in June 2009 accompanied by my two daughters who paid their own way. One pushed me around Washington in a wheelchair the other hand held a walking veteran. The three of us agreed it was one of the best days of our life. This was all started by Joe Byron, his daughter Jamie, Sheila Peters of the Manchester VA and other volunteers. For information contact Honor Flight New England, P.O. Box 6287,Hooksett, N.H. 03106, or visit

Herman (Herk) Streitburger

World War II vet, Ex-POW