Houston, 19 Apr 2015
Houston-based World War II veterans received a heroes’ welcome when they returned to Houston following their Macquarie-supported trip to Washington DC recently.
In October last year, Macquarie’s Houston office raised close to $21,000 to support Honor Flight Houston, a non-profit that helps honour US war veterans and transports them to Washington DC to visit memorials dedicated to their service, as well as organises send-off and homecoming celebrations.
This fundraising made possible a two-day trip for 23 WWII veterans, who were able to see the new WWII memorial honouring their service in Washington for the first time. Four Macquarie staff also accompanied the veterans as their volunteer escorts during the trip.
Aged between 88 and 99, the veterans visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard, as well as the Iwo Jima, Vietnam, Korean, Air Force and World War II war memorials.
Upon their return to Houston, a crowd of nearly 100 servicemen, family, friends and community members, including Macquarie staff, greeted them as they were escorted through the airport.
Image caption: From left: Macquarie staff David Hesser, Daniel Vecino, Liz Schaffner and Bernie Williams with WWII veterans in Washington, DC