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PAGE 10 — THE MOUNTAIN MAIL — SALIDA, COLORADO — TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010

Western Slope Honor Flight by Dan Johnson, Navy veteran At Montrose we had a flyover there You could feel the love and respect in the air. Then to Grand Junction to finish our day With the police and a limo to lead the way. At Grand Junction before our take-off there A lot more respect, you know they care Some forty-five police and fire trucks in a row The feeling we got from that, you’ll never know. On the plane we talked of our past Those memories will always last Some of those with a tear in their eye Were so thankful they did not die. Ron, our driver, and our bus captain, Mike, Never let us miss a beautiful sight. At the Iwo Jima, as we circled around The flag appeared to rise from the ground. With two-hundred passengers and the flight crew Nothing smaller than a B-757 would do Baltimore, after landing there More love and respect filled the air.

Photos courtesy Chuck Campton

School children deliver cards to veterans visiting the World War II Memorial. Laurence “Campy” Campton made friends with this unidentified girl and her teacher.

Aboard the bus and on to D.C. Wonderful sights we were about to see. Arlington Cemetery, oh what a sight Just seeing that was such a delight. At the tomb of the unknown, four roses Were laid, not just two One for Korea, Vietnam, WWI and WWII Changing of the guard, twenty-one steps and clicking of the heel At that point our eyes began to fill. At Grand Junction when we arrived One more reason why we survived We stepped out and the tears Began to flow We old vets just let it go. Lots of families with kids were there To shake our hands and say they care The respect in there ran so deep It’s a memory we vets will always keep. All the way in, there was a policeman, Soldier, Sailor or Marine A sight like this we had never seen If we needed help someone was there Again to show they really do care. As if we had not already been blessed A Brigadier General we had as our guest. Walter Golden was his name A man we know, one and the same. For all the things I was able to see And all the respect you gave to me Many thanks to all of you From me and my comrades too. Poet Dan Johnson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

George Blake, George Karis and Bill Shake on the flight from Grand Junction to Washington, D.C. Veterans were accompanied by a U.S. Airways crew of 10 including a doctor and a nurse.


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At the tomb of the unknown, four roses Were laid, not just two One for Korea, Vietnam, WWI and WWII Changing of the guard, twenty-one steps...

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