Tattooed bikers, mummers, the Knights of Columbus, military re-enactors, a Catholic priest, Brownies, Congressman Pat Meehan and two Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders were among the contingent greeting 150 veterans and their escorts this evening, May 30, at St. Kevin’s Church in Springfield, Pa. at the return of the Spring 2015 Honor Flight Philadelphia trip.
The veterans were from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
The five buses with a vanguard of bikers entered the lot just before 7 p.m. through a ladder arch placed on Sproul Road by volunteer firemen and festooned with an American flag.
The veterans left the buses to be greeted by the cheerleaders before walking down a red carpet through a crowd of flag waving residents to music played by the Greater Overbrook String Band. They met Congress Meehan (R-Pa7) and then were led into the church hall where they were treated to a scrumptious feast and a floor show by The Manhattan Dolls.
Honor Flight is a national non-profit organization founded in 2005 to give aging or terminally ill veterans a day of honor in Washington D.C.
There is no cost to the veterans.
The Philadelphia hub was started in 2011 by Springfield resident Andrew Schiavello,
Honor Flight Philadelphia will host “Swinging with the Rat Pack” Sunday, April 26, at the Springfield Country Club, 400 W.Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa. 19064.
Relive the glory days of Vegas with Sammie, Frank and Dean. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 3:30.
Tickets are $50 per person in advance and include a buffet lunch. There will be a cash bar.
Proceeds benefit Springfield-based Honor Flight Philadelphia which provides all-expense days of honor for veterans to Washington D.C.
Reservations are requested for Swinging With the Rat Pack and can be made by calling Deanne at 267-303-5977 or clicking here.
They have also provided this little bit of history:
Veterans Day as a federal holiday:
Originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the signing of the agreement that ended WWI at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.
Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 which became a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
Margaret Lawrence being interview, Oct. 15, for the Fox29 feature on the Delco Vet Memorial in Newtown Square
The Delco Vet Memorial will be highlighted on the Oct. 27 edition of Fox29’s Good Day Philadelphia with weather anchor Sue Serio doing her feed from the site on West Chester Pike in Newtown Square if we understand the plan correctly.
Delaware County veterans Bob Dimond of Media, Springfield Police Chief Joe Daly and Margaret Lawrence of Springfield whose quotes can be found on the memorials pillars will be featured.
Kudos to Barbara Ann Zippi and Linda Houldin for setting things up.