Patriot Trip reaches DC, and vets see war memorials

Staff Reports Posted 19 September 2014 at 12:00 am

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The seventh annual Patriot Trip, which includes about 100 people, reached the nation’s capitol today and many local veterans and their friends and family toured war memorials.

In the top photo, the group is pictured in front of the Vietnam War Memorial. The trip is arranged by State Assemblyman Steve Hawley, right, and his staff.

Hawley is pictured at the National Museum of Marine Corps with Rose Schlegel, left, Robert Ballard, Dorothy and Ed Morgan of Murray, and Hawley’s chief of staff, Eileen Banker of Albion.

Vietnam veterans Deborah Longer, left, and Linda Andersen are pictured at Women’s Vietnam Memorial with Hawley.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley and Don Nagle, a World War II veteran, are pictured with a TBM Avenger 39 plane. Nagle was an air crewman responsible for radio-radar. He helped pilot with bomb bays and tracked torpedoes to let pilot know when to drop bombs.

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins joined the group at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Ed and Lesley Carney tour the American History Museum. The trip continues until Sunday.