Tyler-based Brookshire’s Grocery Co. recently sponsored a trip to Washington, D.C. for a group of East Texas World War II veterans in order to allow them to visit the WWII Memorial and other U.S. Monuments in October.
Anderson County resident Frank McMullen, was one of 27 WWII veterans from the area to make the trip.
After eating breakfast at Brookshire's Fresh, the motorcade of veterans was escorted to Interstate 20; and upon departure from DFW, fire trucks lined both sides of the plane saluting the group as they taxied the runway.
Upon their arrival in D.C., the group drove directly to the Capitol, where they ate dinner and were given historical information concerning the capitol on a tour led by Representative Louie Gohmert. Gohmert gave each veteran an American flag with a certificate stating it had been flown over the capitol on July 4.
U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, took a few minutes from his committee meeting to visit with the veterans.
The next day, the veterans watched the “Changing of the Guard” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and placed a wreath on the grave.
Inclement weather kept them from viewing the WWII Memorial on their first attempt, so their next stop was the US Navy Memorial and later to the KC Hall in Alexandria, where the group was entertained with a 5-piece band, square dancers and meal.
They received letters from local students, a book, a CD and various items in a “goodie bag.”
On the last day of the trip, the group visited the Air Force Memorial and made their second attempt to see the WWII Memorial.
Fortunately, the rain stopped just as they arrived and a picture-fest ensued there.
The group also visited the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials before returning to Texas. They were unable to visit the Air and Space Museum, Iwo Jima, MLK, FDR, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials due to the government shut down.