By Lars Dalseide | May 13 2010 07:00

While on our way down to Charlotte, North Carolina for NRA's 139th Annual Meeting, NRAblog happened upon a very special occasion. It was the welcoming ceremony for an Honor Flight out of Alabama.

For those unfamiliar with Honor Flights, it is a program brought to life through the work of Earl Morse. While working at a clinic in Ohio, this retired Air Force Captain wanted to find a way to take his patients, World War II veterans, to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. First, it was a couple of flights with volunteer pilots (including Earl) that flew 137 veterans to DC. Now, it's supported by a major airline that has transported over 35,000 veterans to DC for a tour a of monuments, museums, and other areas of interest. All costs and fees are covered … a simple practice of giving back to those who sacrificed so much.

So this is a small salute to the veterans who journeyed to the Nation's Capital from Alabama yesterday and to all those who sacrificed so much when we needed it the most.

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