The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that transports “our heroes to Washington, D.C.” to visit THEIR World War II Memorial. The service is provided entirely free of cost to the Veteran. The video below is fabulous. Don’t miss it.
Differing from the Vietnam Memorial, the names of those lost in World War II are not inscribed on the memorial. A pillar is dedicated to each of the 45 states existing in 1945, along with the District of Columbia, the Alaska Territory and Territory of Hawaii, Commonwealth of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
There are two arches: the northern inscribed with “Atlantic” and the southern inscribed with “Pacific.”
The Memorial includes two inconspicuously located “Kilroy was here” engravings. Their inclusion in the Memorial acknowledges the significance of the symbol to American soldiers during World War II and how it represented the presence and protection where it was inscribed. Source
Sam Donaldson, in a rather awkward manner in the video below, states the significance of our WW II veterans:
I say about the terrorists, al-Qaeda, if it weren’t for these guys we wouldn’t have to worry about these guys, we’d already be occupied. We’d already be a different country.
This Memorial is the cost of freedom.