Honor Flight Honoree, Ed Risse

Winnwood Retirement Community resident, Ed B. Risse of Marietta, recently enjoyed a wonderful visit to Washington D.C. The trip was courtesy of Honor Flight, an organization which transports America’s veterans to the capital to visit memorials dedicated to their service. Mr. Risse was a captain in the Air Force during World War II and also served in the Korean War.

The trip began in Conyers, where Risse and his fellow veterans were bid farewell by the Rockdale County High School Band, fully decked in their band uniforms. A police escort all the way to the airport ensured they were sent off in style.

Upon arrival at Reagan Airport, fire trucks used their water guns to salute the plane! Passengers applauded and waved to show the disembarking veterans their appreciation.

While there, he visited the World War II Memorial, the Korean and Vietnam memorials, Arlington Cemetery where he witnessed the “Changing of the Guard”, and was given a bus tour of Washington, D.C.

“It was a great day and very emotional,” said Mr. Risse. “I’ll never forget it.”

Mr. Risse lives in the Teem Residence, one of our Independent Living buildings.

For information on Honor Flight, go to www.honorflight.org.