On October 19th Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County’s Youth of the Year, Saleshia Ellis attended the Honor Flight Trip as a guardian to veteran Abe Schneier. 17 year old Saleshia was sponsored by Dr. Shamsher Singh to attend because of her high GPA and involvement with civic engagement at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. The Honor Flight is a trip made to our nation’s capital so that veterans from World War II can view the memorials created in their honor.
A student at Central High School, Saleshia had never left South Florida, let alone flown on a plane. Before the trip, she spent time researching WWII so she could be the best guardian to her Veteran. As they drove to West Palm Beach they were escorted by bike riders with dazzling lights and a police escort. When we arrived at Palm Beach International Airport, the building was already filled with hundreds of applauding soldiers, residents, families, and friends.
During take-off, the fire department gave the group a water cannon salute, reserved for only the finest dignitaries. Upon arriving in Washington, DC a band and hundreds of Washington DC residents greeted the group. They then went on to visit Iwo Jima Memorial site, Arlington National Cemetery, and the National World War II Memorial. After arriving back at West Palm Beach they received an amazing homecoming from hundreds including the Honor Guard, family and supporters.
“At the end of the trip I felt that the Honor Flight mission was accomplished, and that I’d made a new friend whom I learned so much from in matter of hours, Abe. October 19, 2013 was a great day to be an American.” said Saleshia Ellis.
The Honor Flight Network’s mission is to bring Veterans to Washington, DC to the national World War II memorial to witness, first-hand, and the gratitude of their Nation for their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their fallen comrades.