(KMOV.com) – When Army Specialist Tom Haney finally got a chance to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, he learned what happened to some of his comrades.
The 72-year-old was able to participate in an honor flight from Grand Saint-Louis, which resumed at the end of August after an interruption due to COVID-19. Haney was positioned in the middle of the flag-folding ceremony right in front of the Lincoln Memorial. As the most decorated veteran of flight, he was awarded the Sacred American Flag.
The pandemic has stalled efforts to take veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials for more than a year, but on Tuesday News 4’s Laura Hettiger was there to tell the story of the return flights and the military who are always grateful.
Haney received a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, and a Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. He said the visit to the Vietnam Memorial reminded him of the 18 months he spent in Vietnam.
“I really just thought about how close I was to death. I had the Purple Heart, but it seems like I look more at the heroes, they’re my heroes,” he said.
Haney saw more of his heroes pictured as he attended the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He also saw the 400,000 headstones in Arlington National Cemetery. The Greater St. Louis Honor Flight honored Haney and 57 other veterans that day.
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