Fort McHenry Composite Squadron Lends Hero's Welcome to 220 World War II Veterans PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 September 2010 22:32

C/Amn Malcolm Scott thanks a vetaran as (from left) C/Amn Lucas Pattison, C/Amn Timothy Jacobs, C/A1C Emmanuel Grogan, C/AB Sarah Cohen, C/A1C Bronte Goldsmith, and 2d Lt Tony Moe join in the celebration.BALTIMORE, Md – On 18 September 2010 nine members of the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron commemorated the 63rd anniversary of the United States Air Force by lending a hero’s welcome to 220 World War II veterans arriving from Ohio, New York and Florida. The event, held at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, was the sixth Honor Flight event supported by the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron in 2010 and marked over 740 veterans greeted by the squadron so far this year.

 

The day began when each member received a gate access pass into the terminal areas and, along with members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Fort Meade Enlisted Spouses Club, lined up at the veterans’ arriving gate for a surprise welcome on a scale not seen since these heroes returned to the United States following the end of World War II in 1945. BWI staff announced the arrival of the veterans as hundreds of awaiting passengers in the terminal joined in the joyous and emotional celebration.

 

 

Among the heroes greeted was John Porteous who spoke humbly of his service as a Captain with the U.S. Army from 1940-1946. During World War II, John fought in Guam, the Phillipines, Okinawa, and ended the war during the occupation of Japan. Following the war’s end, John joined the Civil Air Patrol and performed volunteer service as a pilot with a unit in Ohio for more than 30 years. Seeing members of the Civil Air Patrol made the greeting extra special to John and the other veterans who travelled to D.C. to see the World War II Memorial constructed in their honor.

 

The day concluded when the members of the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron escorted the veterans to awaiting buses and joined military members in a line formation to render a final salute as the veterans departed for Washington D.C. Thanks to the members of the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron these heroes know that even the youngest generation won’t forget their sacrifice.

 

Volunteers included Captain Larry Moore, Second Lieutenant Tony Moe, Cadet/Staff Sergeant Ryan Payne, Cadet/Airmen First Class Bronte Goldsmith and Emmanuel Grogan, Cadet/Airmen Malcolm Scott, Lucas Pattison and Timothy Jacobs, and Cadet/Airman Basic Sarah Cohen.

 

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices.  They transport veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorial made in their honor.  Top priority is given to senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with other veterans who may be terminally ill.  To learn more about the Honor Flight Network and how you can assist, visit www.honorflight.org.

 

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.


 
More than 1,500 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 42 search and rescue missions and were credited with 31 finds. For more information, visit www.mdcap.org.


 
The Fort McHenry Composite Squadron meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at the William Witte Armory, 130 Mellor Avenue in Catonsville, Md. Prospective members are always welcome. For more information or directions, visit the squadron website at www.ftmchenrycap.org.

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