One of the greatest opportunities I have had is to serve as a Guardian on an Honor Flight mission with the men and women who have sacrificed so much for the domestic freedoms of this country. As a veteran of the United States Marine Corp myself, I understand the significance that these trips to our Nation’s Capital mean to these American heroes. Some may find the time spent with these veterans rewarding by itself, but when you have the opportunity to recognize what these trips mean for these individuals– it is nothing short of amazing. For many, this is the first, and possibly the last time they will see the monuments and the symbols of our nation that they fought for. It is hard to put the experience into words, but I assure you it is worth your time – not only to pause to thank these men and women for their service but to take the time to help them see part of this country that they deserve to see, if only as a small token of our appreciation.

- Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma