Robert Waples answers the call
Robert Waples and Troy Bystrom
Today is Veteran’s Day, 2017. We applaud and salute our Veterans who have worn the uniform, both past and present. We respect you, and have immense gratitude for your service, and our freedom.
Instead of just saying, “thank you for your service,” thousands of private citizens who have not worn the uniform, express their appreciation in their own ways throughout the year. Robert Waples is one of those Americans. Not only is he involved in volunteering with several veteran events and organizations, he is easy to spot in the crowd because he usually has his grandson, Troy Bystrom, with him. Robert includes Troy so his grandson will also have the opportunity to show respect to our veterans. Recently, we were able to catch up with Robert. Continue reading Robert Waples answers the call
Friends of the National World War II Memorial Chairman Ambassador F. Haydn Williams presents a wreath at the WWII Memorial on Memorial Day 2007. The WWII Memorial was formally dedicated in 2004. (Photo from Friends of the WWII Memorial website)
Do you know who is considered the Father of the World War II Memorial? On a recent trip to this National Memorial, RMHF answered the question. www.rockymountainhonorflight.org Continue reading WWII Memorial & RMHF
Do you appreciate old-fashioned notions including honor and character? Our WWII American veterans may not have realized their values and love of country would help shape the lives of future generations. However, their contributions were crucial in overcoming injustice and tyranny. Their efforts established our freedom and democracy.
Fortunately, some of these veterans who have been called, “the greatest generation ever,” are still with us. Rocky Mountain Honor Flight continues to raise the finances to send these cherished Americans to Washington DC, to view the National WWII Memorial at no expense to the veterans. www.rockymountainhonorflight.org. Continue reading Rocky Mountain Honor Flight Takes Off
December 4, 2015: On this beautiful Colorado day, RMHF holiday gathering luncheon was held to welcome and honor once again, all of the Veterans who journeyed to Washington, DC in 2015. Many new and old friends joined together for music, food, and conversation, including sharing the memories created on their scheduled trips. When attending a Rocky Mountain Honor Flight event, there is a community that is created between Veterans, family members, RMHF volunteers, and other’s who participate. It is a privilege to dialogue with the generation that molded a nation.
Mr. Sonny Coleman, a WWII Navy Veteran, grew up in Denver and attended South High School. When asked why he choose the Navy, he said his best friend, Dick Gomez was going into the Navy. Mr. Gomez joined when his brother was killed in Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 aboard the USS Arizona. They joined together in hopes of maintaining their friendship while traveling overseas. Sonny Coleman said he thoroughly enjoyed his trip with RMHF, and was glad he was able to attend. Continue reading RMHF Holiday Gathering
Tis the season for holiday shopping. More people are turning to the internet, using their computers to shop on-line. If you are one of those buyers getting ready for the holidays, please consider using AmazonSmile. It is an easy way for a consumer to contribute to two organizations that help our Veterans, at no additional cost. Both Pets For Vets-Denver, and Rocky Mountain Honor Flight can benefit with AmazonSmile. Your purchase can make a difference.
In case you are not familiar with these two worthy organizations, here are the descriptions from their websites: Continue reading Shop with AmazonSmile
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AT DIA MAKING THIS WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION SUCH A SUCCESS! And Congratulations to Rocky Mountain Honor Flight for making another Washington, D.C. visit happen for our WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Veterans. The amount of time, energy, and fund-raising for the volunteers of RMHF to continue to provide these much deserved trips can be daunting. If not for this all-volunteer organization, most of these Veterans would never see the memorials dedicated to them for their sacrifice and service. Continue reading Rocky Mountain Honor Flight @ DIA
Lots of excitement at DIA on Saturday night as the twenty two WWII and seven Korean war veterans returned home from their trip to Washington DC. The fanfare included service members from all branches, families, boy scouts, bagpipers, and even dogs. The smiles and enthusiasm was contagious as the crowd waited for our heroes.
Continue reading Rocky Mountain Honor Flight: Welcome Home!
Mary, son Mike, and Tom Olsen (Stephen Brown Photography)
In 1941, over eighty percent of Americans owned a radio and were listening to the sounds of Glen Miller, the Andrew Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. A gallon of gasoline cost twelve cents, and for ten cents you could own Rita Hayworth on the cover of Life Magazine.
On December 7th of that same year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Americans to war after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, killing more than 2400 servicemen. America answered that call. Continue reading RMHF & Mary Haddon