Veteran Woody Greenier, 88, of Rockport recently had the honor of being chosen one of 25 Maine veterans to be hosted by Honor Flight Maine for an all-expense-paid flight to Washington, D.C. to view the national monuments.

Each veteran was accompanied by a Guardian and Woody's Guardian was his son Skip Greenier from Harrison.

The veterans first went to Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key saw a flag flying in 1814, and was inspired to compose the National Anthem. The next morning, they were led by a motorcycle Honor Guard into D.C. In a long line of 25 wheelchairs (to keep things moving at an even pace) the veterans managed to view all the monuments, including both the European and the Pacific sides of World War II, and including the Women of Military Service Monument, and also that of Iwo Jima. They also witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, and the placing of a wreath on Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was heartening and emotional that these veterans received thanks for their service at each and every arrival and departure by crowds of children and adults

Woody is a veteran of the Korean War. He served as 2nd lieutenant in the Medical Company of the 187th regimental combat team, where he was in charge of an aid station in Korea. For a number of years he served in the reserves where he obtained the rank of Captain. He and his wife, Nancy, are both retired and they "downsized" and now make their home at The Village at Rockport.

Woody gives great praise and thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who make the Honor Flight program possible. The oldest veteran who has ever been so honored was 103. The program is trying to reach every veteran of every war who wishes to receive this honor.