The Inaugural Texas Panhandle Honor Flight: Part 5 - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

2008

The Inaugural Texas Panhandle Honor Flight: Part 5

Anne Halliburton, World War II Veteran Anne Halliburton, World War II Veteran
Cleatus LeBow, USS Indianapolis Survivor Cleatus LeBow, USS Indianapolis Survivor
Lloyd Ford, World War II Veteran Lloyd Ford, World War II Veteran
Garlen Eslick, Pearl Harbor Survivor Garlen Eslick, Pearl Harbor Survivor

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.

More than a week after they landed back in Amarillo, the 42 World War II Veterans that took part in the Inaugural Texas Panhandle Honor Flight, including Anne Halliburton, continue to put the entire trip into perspective.

Halliburton said, "I was still walking on air, I'll tell you that. My feet have not hit the ground.  An experience that I will never forget."

An experience that in these lives full of experiences, ranks at the top.

Veteran Cleatus LeBow said, "It was still one of the most positive things to ever happen to me in my life.  That World War II monument was beyond my dreams. Of anything being man made for a monument."

In addition to the amazement of the monument, what also sticks with the Veterans is the treatment they received from everyone they met.

Veteran Lloyd Ford said, "When we'd meet the tours of young people about this high, they'd always stick their hand out, we thank you for what you did for us. It was amazing that young people would do that."

But most amazing of all, was how a group of strangers became life long friends in just three days.

Pearl Harbor survivor Garlen Eslick said, "Got a lot of good friends along the way. A lot of comrades I had never met before. It was very touching."

Halliburton said, "You know you can have high school reunions, all these clubs have reunions, but there's nothing like a bunch of Veterans getting back together again. You may not know each other, but you become friends in a hurry."

And for Halliburton, and the other veterans, it's the friends they made that will allow them to continue to relive this experience of a lifetime, long after it ended.

 

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