• AUSTIN, Texas " Pretoria, South Africa native, Spc. Pieter Van Rooyen (right), an infantryman assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, assists Isabelle Cook, a World War II veteran, with her wheelchair, here, Oct. 9. Isabelle was an Army Nurse during WWII and is now one of 50 WWII veterans participating in the final 2012 Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

    AUSTIN, Texas " Pretoria, South Africa native...

    AUSTIN, Texas " Pretoria, South Africa native, Spc. Pieter Van Rooyen (right), an infantryman assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, assists Isabelle Cook, a World War II veteran, with...

  • AUSTIN, Texas " Temple, Texas native, Spc. Nicholas May (middle) and Fort Hood, Texas native, Pfc. Tyler Riley (right), both assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, visit with Ramon Galindo, a World War II veteran, here, Oct. 9. Ramon is one of 50 WWII veterans participating in the final 2012 Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

    AUSTIN, Texas " Temple, Texas native, Spc...

    AUSTIN, Texas " Temple, Texas native, Spc. Nicholas May (middle) and Fort Hood, Texas native, Pfc. Tyler Riley (right), both assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, visit with Ramon...

  • AUSTIN, Texas " Soldiers assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division assisted the Austin Honor Flight, here, Oct. 9. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. Veterans are flown to Washington D.C. to "visit and reflect at their memorials," according to honorflight.org.

    AUSTIN, Texas " Soldiers assigned to A Company...

    AUSTIN, Texas " Soldiers assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division assisted the Austin Honor Flight, here, Oct. 9. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to...

  • AUSTIN, Texas " As the Honor Flight participants prepare for take-off as the Austin Fire Department pays respect to the veterans with a waterfall salute, here, Oct. 9. This flight consisted of World War II Veterans living in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell, Texas counties.

    AUSTIN, Texas " As the Honor Flight...

    AUSTIN, Texas " As the Honor Flight participants prepare for take-off as the Austin Fire Department pays respect to the veterans with a waterfall salute, here, Oct. 9. This flight consisted of World War II Veterans living in Travis, Williamson, Hays...

AUSTIN, Texas -- "We can't all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by." These words, once spoken by Will Rogers, are the motto of the Honor Flight Network.

Fifty World War II Veterans from Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell Texas counties flew to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport here, Oct. 9.

Fourteen Soldiers assigned to A Company, 2nd "Lancer" Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division spent time with the veterans before they left the airport.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America's veterans for their many sacrifices, by transporting them to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials.

"It goes without saying we would not be here without (veterans)," said Allen Bergeron, chairman of the Austin, Texas chapter of the Honor Flight Network. "I can't thank (veterans) enough."

The Honor Flights began in the 2004 to 2005 timeframe when Air Force Retired Col. Earl Morse started flying a few World War II Veterans at a time.

"The Honor Flights soon became a national movement," Bergeron said, describing the quick growth of the program.

Starting out with only three or four World War II Veterans, the Honor Flights have now taken more than 85,000 veterans to Washington D.C. to see their memorial, stated Bergeron.

"It is great to be going to visit the memorial," said 94-year-old World War II Army nurse and veteran, Isabelle Cook.

Cook worked as an Army nurse for three years during World War II, serving in North Africa, Italy and France.

"I think it's wonderful that the younger Soldiers are here, just to see them here and how helpful they've been," Cook said of the Lancer Soldiers assistance. "I'm very appreciative of it. I don't think they quite understand how much it means for them to be here."

The assistance of the younger generation of Soldiers meant a lot to the veterans, but they aren't the only ones who were grateful to be there.

"It is an honoring experience to help and talk to these veterans," said Austin, Texas native, 2nd Lt. Rob Wilson, an infantry officer assigned to the Lancer Battalion. "They have done so much, and sadly you don't know how long these men and women will be around. It's always a great experience to talk to veterans and get younger Soldiers involved."

Bergeron expressed his gratitude to the men and women for their sacrifices, "again, I can't thank you enough, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much."

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