Boarding Gate Concert

16.12.2014 § Leave a comment

I was on my way to Washington DC via the Midway airport at 5:30 a.m., and there was a concert going on across from my boarding gate. Three singers wearing Army side caps were singing old-timey songs in front of a full house audience in the waiting area. A whole bunch of people in orange shirts pushing wheelchairs were gathering at the concert, and I asked a lady wearing a green shirt what it was all about.

Honor Flight Chicago Concert

She said that 92 World War II veterans were going to Washington DC. The trip was sponsored by Honor Flight Chicago, a privately funded organization. The average age of the veterans was over 80, and one was 101. The people wearing green were family members going with the veterans to DC; red shirts were medical; orange shirts were local volunteers.

One veteran got up and danced along with the songs. What a different experience at the airport boarding gates, and what a warm-hearted America I live in.

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