Aug 28, 2013, 2:12 PM EST
The James Madison volleyball squad recently made the trek from Harrisonburg, Va., to Washington, D.C., to welcome and greet United States World War II veterans from the state of Florida to our nation’s capital as part of the Honor Flight Network.
The Dukes, who open up their 2013 season at the Cavalier Classic versus Montana on Friday, greeted 25 veterans and their respective guardians at Reagan International Airport and plenty of other veterans at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Aug. 18. All members of the team, along with coaches, players and student managers took part in the welcoming, talking to the vets, listening to their stories and posing for pictures.
“Being a part of Honor Flight was such an incredible experience,” senior defensive specialist Katie Daorai said. “The joy we brought to the veterans by simply greeting them was amazing to see. The stories each of them told us were crazy to hear but made each of us truly appreciate what they did for our country.”
The Honor Flight Network works to help America’s veterans travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the various memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The non-profit organization gives top priority to senior veterans — World War II survivors, and other veterans who may be terminally ill.
To see a photo gallery from the trip, click here.
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