What a distinct pleasure it was for me to be able to be a guardian on this Honor Flight on June 23, 2010. My Veteran was Bob Kickert USMC, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Guam, Saipan. He saw our American flag raised up on Mount Surabachi. He was actually friends with a few of the flag raisers. Short story. When we were on the bus circling the Iwo Jima Memorial, Pfc. Robert Kickert, USMC was almost in a trance as he looked out the bus window at his friends and fellow Marines raising the American Flag. It sure looked to me as if those Marines were raising that flag just one more time for Bob as we circled. Bob was just staring out at them as we went by and he was waving at his buddies through the window of the bus, which was now a time machine for this "HERO". Bob was a little silent for awhile afterwards. I wonder what he was thinking?
What a wonderful day for all of our "Heroes". I lead the entire plane in singing "God Bless America" and I don't think there was a dry eye on the whole plane. I wish my dad could have been there with us............maybe he was.