The Inaugural Texas Panhandle Honor Flight: Part 3 - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

2008

The Inaugural Texas Panhandle Honor Flight: Part 3

Walter Pivarunas, World War II Veteran Walter Pivarunas, World War II Veteran
Meryl Barnett, World War II Veteran Meryl Barnett, World War II Veteran
Otis "Mid" Scott, World War II Veteran Otis "Mid" Scott, World War II Veteran

42 World War II veterans from the Texas Panhandle just took a trip of a lifetime to Washington D.C. to experience the memorial erected in their honor.

NewsChannel 10 went on the trip as well, and every morning this week we'll bring you the stories from the inaugural Texas Panhandle Honor Flight.

As the 42 Texas Panhandle World War II Veterans on the Honor Flight made their way into Arlington National Cemetery, the rows upon rows of identical marble headstones overwhelmed many.

Veteran Walter Pivarunas said, " I'm awed by the immensity of so many that have been buried here.  These are the true heroes. Some of us who made it should appreciate this. We made it, they didn't, that's quite a thing. "

Our tour of the cemetery included experiencing the solemn and serious changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Veteran Meryl Barnett said, "I just feel like I'm about this big when I'm here. I'm just honored to be here."

Following the Changing of the Guard, four Panhandle Veterans, including Pivarunas and Barnett, had the honor of laying a wreath at the tomb.

Barnett said, "It was absolutely awesome.  I don't think I was even that nervous under fire. It is a thing that you should show respect for, and I was real honored that they asked me to help lay the wreath. "

Veteran Otis "Mid" Scott added, "I just feel for them.  I appreciate what they did because I know how it was. And I was so lucky to come back. "

While the veterans didn't have time to search through the rows up rows of headstones to find the graves of their fellow troops lost in the fight, for some just being in their presence left the largest impression of all.

Pivarunas said, "There my brothers. I feel bad. I was very fortunate and they weren't. All I can do is say a little prayer for them. That's about it. "

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