She said it was an amazing day. When she arrived early in the morning at the airport, there was an honor guard to accompany her to the waiting area for the plane.
Each vet could take a guest and they received a hero's welcome everyplace they went. They saw the memorials for Korea, WWII, and Vietnam.
When they returned to Madison that evening, crowds lined the terminal cheering, shaking hands with respect and offering their sincere appreciation.
This woman served as a cryptographer during the war. She served her country... then her family... and still is serving as a volunteer and the world around her with a positive, can-do attitude. She is inspirational.
It's been my pleasure in the last year to talk with other veterans. A man who served as a navigator on B-17s in World War II and was shot down on their 17th mission. A bullet went through his arm, ruining it forever, but it missed the vein that would have required the arm to be amputated. He was in the hospital for a long time and then discharged. He taught high school economics. Today, he is a positive example - enduring the hardship of a wounded wing with honor and modesty.
The men and women who have served our country will usually tell you that were proud to do so and sought no special treatment or honor for doing so.
But, it's fit and proper on this day, all days, to thank them for their service, their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families.
Thank you, veterans. God bless you and may God bless America!