Land of the Free. Because of the Brave.

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

– John F. Kennedy

On this special Memorial Day 2017, we salute all that are serving and honor all that have served.

This past Saturday, May 20, 2017, The University of Kentucky (UK) was the first university in the nation to sponsor an Honor Flight from Bluegrass Field in Lexington, Kentucky and sent nearly seventy veterans affiliated with UK – including my father Winfred C. Hughes – on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

After landing, the American Airlines jet was saluted by local fire trucks with water cannons + veterans and their volunteer guardians were enthusiastically welcomed by cheering crowds, upon arrival.

While in Washington, the memorable day included a bus tour of Capitol Hill + World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans visited the iconic memorials, including Iwo Jima Memorial, Women In Military Service For America Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, National World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and the Air Force Memorial.

Following lengthy weather delays on the return flight home to Lexington, veterans were greeted proudly by hundreds of supporters. View the gallery for additional photographs, graciously provided by the talented Tami Stieger.

In honor of Memorial Day, please consider donating to Honor Flight, as a special tribute to your favorite veteran.

Let’s continue to honor those who have served, and continue to serve proudly today.


Photo Credits: © Tami Stieger Photography, 2017.

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