On June 7, 2011, my father, John S. De Hesus, made his Honor Flight. Dad was the 2nd oldest vet on the flight. My 30-year old son acted as his guardian. Both had the most wonderful, memorable and emotional experience. Like many WWII vets, when Dad returned from active duty (in the Philippines) he was eager to resume his life with his young family. He rarely spoke of overseas experiences. While Dad enjoyed seeing the memorials in DC, and getting to know his fellow vets on the flight, the welcome home reception was the topper. He's a "meet and greet" kind of guy, so he was pleased to shake hands and be kissed and photographed by all of the well wishers. He was surprised to see some family friends in the crowd, including a past commander from his hometown American Legion Post (of which, he also is a past commander), but it was the spirit of strangers that had him awestruck! This trip was all the more memorable having been shared with this grandson, who was visibly emotional making his way through the crowd at Midway. He would like to make another trip as a guardian to help make this journey possible for our veterans. As a participant in the welcome home reception, I can only describe it as better than 10 Christmases! Sincere thanks to all the volunteers, guardians, donors and well-wishers who make Honor Flight a chance-of-a-lifetime experience for our vets.