HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– There’s a new honor Friday night for World War II veterans. The President has made it official; veterans from that war traveling on Honor Flights to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. will get special treatment from start to finish on their trip.
More than 120,000 World War II veterans have taken the special Honor Flights provided by veterans service organizations to see the World War II Memorial.
Lou and Lucille Layman of East Windsor took the Honor Flight trip in 2013. He’s a highly decorated Navy veteran of the war in the South Pacific. She was in the Women’s Army Corps and served at the Pentagon.
“We had seen it once before several years ago and it was important to go back again because we didn’t see much of it when we went down by bus,” said Lou.
“They assign every passenger a guardian and she’s with you the entire trip and she takes very good care of us,” said Lucille.
But many veterans were hesitant to go on the Honor Flights because of the type of passenger safety screening involved in today’s air travel.
“The Honor Flight Act mandates that every airport in the country come up with an expedited screening process for veterans that are going on Honor Flights,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.
Bradley International Airport has special expedited screening for the Honor Flights, but now every World War II veteran in the nation that wants to make the trip can be assured they will be honored with special treatment every step of the way.
“A lot of them can’t walk very well, some of them can’t walk at all,” said Lou. “This just makes it a lot faster and easier for everyone.”
Senator Murphy introduced this law in the Senate with the support of Senator Dick Blumenthal, and remarkably it passed the House and Senate in just a matter of months.
It’s just a small way to make it a little easier for those that sacrificed for all of us.