Guardian Angels

By Josh Simon

Guardian Angels

June 8, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- Eighty-one veterans spent a jam packed day Tuesday in Washington D.C. as part of the Greater Peoria Honor flight.

However, they were only half of the passengers on board the flight.

Herb Henderson from Tremont was just one of the Veterans who took part in the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Henderson, a World War II veteran, brought along his daughter Sue as his guardian.

Throughout the day he shared stories with his daughter, some that she hadn't heard before.

"He'll tell you about his jeep. Turning his jeep over in France. He tells everybody about that now. He would never talk about that before," Sue Henderson said.

Every veteran had a guardian. Some, like Henderson, were relatives. Others, like Wayne Baum, didn't meet their veteran until just before the trip.

"It's just such a great tribute to the veterans. And I think that anybody who goes and this is my first time and the reward that you get from doing this. You can't describe it," Wayne Baum said.

Each of the veterans travel for free but the guardians pay their own way. It costs $500 for a one day trip of a lifetime.

"You go to a rock concert, you'll pay two, three hundred dollars for a ticket. Then you get an opportunity like this, five hundred dollars... It was a no brainer," Baum said.

Along with the personal guardians, some teens from the boys and girls club served as junior guardians helping wherever needed.

"There's no better way to instill those same set of values in young people then to get to spend the day with someone like these patriots," Representative Aaron Shock said.

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