I'd heard about the Patriot Flight for a few years and finally, a year or so ago I experienced it first-hand. They just went on their recent trip and even though I couldn't join them this time, I wanted to share what they experienced it.

Capital Region Patriot Flight takes two trips each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. On the trip, veterans from the Capital Region get to visit Washington D.C. to see the memorials completely free of charge. Each veteran is paired up with a guardian, either a family member or volunteer to take them to each of the monuments. When I went, we visited the Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetary, Lincoln Memorial, and more.

Last weekend, Capital Region Patriot Flight went on their spring trip. There's something about being at these memorials surrounded by veterans who know the war first-hand. People who can point out names of people they fought near, share stories of their experiences, it changes straight history in to real life. If you want to join for a future trip, whether you're a veteran or want to be a volunteer, you can do that through their website.