Mr. Barrons goes to Washington – Honor Flight

    I, William Barrons, am one of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation”.  Also, I’m among of the last remaining of the SIXTEEN MILLION American men and women who served our freedom-loving Honor-Flight-Logo-Trademarknation in uniform during the Second World War.  I’m eighty nine years old and yet still sharp enough to write imaginative stories for novels every single day.  It is therefore an especially great honor for me to be invited to go on a chartered airplane to see for myself the World War Two memorial and other monuments in Washington, D. C. There are said to be about eighty very old Veterans like myself on the flight, along with one hundred twenty volunteers to help us during the trip.  We fly out on October 2nd and return on the 4th. All of this very great honor and privilege is at zero cost to any of us Veterans.  We’ll be put up for two nights in a fine hotel, given guided tours to a whole lot of monuments and even fed gratuitously. This “Honor Flight” sponsored and paid for by patriotic citizens reminds me of the great patriotism of Chicago folks during World War Two.  Coming home from the Pacific war in the Marines, I had to stay overnight in Chicago to change trains to continue on home to Michigan the next day.  I lit up to see a sign in a restaurant window there advertising roast chicken and strawberry shortcake!  In that cafe they were so thrilled to see a Marine with war ribbons on his chest that they nearly killed me with their kindness!  Try as I might, I could hardly eat a quarter of the great food they piled on my plate.  And now, after seventy long years since that world wide war, good people are again saying to other WWII Veterans and me, “Thank you for your service, sir!”

About William Barrons

Born 1926, in Cadillac, Michigan, the oldest boy of fourteen kids. Survived the Great Depression and joined the Marines the day after I turned 17. Could hardly wait to go fight those nasty Nazis and Japanese. Served 2½ war years in the Marines. Got married, went to college, had kids, re-joined the Marines in 1949 - in time for the Korean War. Became a Marine Second Lieutenant but was a Platoon Commander only for a short while as my sick wife nearly died and I had to resign to care for my family. Became a Telephone equipment engineer with AT&T in Chicago. Then was a kitchen and home remodeling designer for 22 years. Retired at age 69 and began to research and write novels. At age 89, I’m still at it!