The Sad departure and Journey Home

Trip Start May 27, 2009
Trip End Jun 11, 2009

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

As I sit here at Heathrow Airport very early in the morning, I am very sad due to the fact that the second bus did not come with the first bus. We know will not have the opportunity to say our goodbyes to about half of the group. We all are flying out of Heathrow, but not all of us are on the same flight. I enjoyed everyone I met on this trip and each of you made this trip special for me. For all of you, I hope to see you again.

What saddens me the most however, is that I did not have the opportunity to say goodbye to some of our veterans. Being a realist, I understand that I may not see some of these men again.  I did not have the opportunity to say thank you.

Fortunately, many of us ended up on the same flight to Newark and so when we did arrive there most of us were in earshot of one another for the opportunity to say our good-byes. I do hope that this blog will be a reminder of the places we have seen and the fun we have had together. I also hope that the information contained is correct. If I missed anything of relevance and you were a part of this trip, please add a comment and I will make corrections. But most of all for those that did not attend the 65th Anniversary of D-day, I hope that you were able to experience some of what I did through this blog. I hope that the next time you see someone that you recognize as a WWII veteran that you go right up to them and thank them for what they did for YOU.

While I realize that most of the men who served in World War II that came home do not count themselves as heroes, I do. These men say that the heroes from WWII are the ones that never came home--that they paid the ultimate sacrifice. They did, but the men that came home were willing to suffer that same sacrifice. And for reasons only known to God, they came home. But because of that willingness, because of that dedication to country, I am proud to call them heroes as well. And I am grateful I can now call the men I spent the last two weeks with friends as well.

So to all, I wish you well my friends. I thank all of you for the service you did for your country, your buddies, and for me and my family. You all are the greatest generation.
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