Malcolm Wright at the Korean War monument
Primrose Marion resident Malcolm Wright was one of 56 veterans who left Port Columbus on an Honor Flight Sept. 28. And he said it is a day he’ll never forget.
Malcolm said they were greeted by perhaps 100 folks, mostly women, when they landed in Baltimore, Md. From there, they boarded buses and headed to the Nation’s Capitol. His personal caregiver for the day was Cheryl Caliver, a registered nurse at Mt. Carmel East, in Columbus.
Malcolm said they visited the World War II, Vietnam and the newly placed Korean War monuments. “It was unbelievable,” he said. “I had been to DC before but can’t describe how that day felt.” He is pictured in a helmet and poncho worn by Korean War veterans. His memories of the monument included faces etched into the granite and life-size statues of soldiers. “It brought back a lot of memories,” he said.
The group also visited Arlington Cemetery where they witnessed the Changing of the Guard. Do you know why the guards take 21 steps behind the tomb, wait 21 seconds before turning east, then 21 second before turning north, and then 21 steps to the tomb? The answer: the highest honor that can bestowed upon a veteran is the 21 gun salute.
In addition to the sights they visited that day, he was impressed with the organization of the day’s events. “What impressed me the most was stacking all those things (wheelchairs) under the buses,” he said. “That took work doing that. Just like you doing that every time you take us out.” His last comment referred to Brenda Donegan, Life Enrichment Coordinator loading bus for local outings.
“I would go again if I could,” he said. “I didn’t mind the wheelchair. They don’t want you walking anywhere, so the wheelchair was safer.”
by Brenda Donegan
Life Enrichment Coordinator
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