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World War II Veterans to their Memorial In Washington, DC

Travel Agent for the Disabled Escorts World War II Veterans to their Memorial

In Washington, DC

Travel Agent, Elizabeth Kelly was thrilled and challenged by the call to make travel arrangements for a group of disabled World War II veterans wishing to see their memorial in Washington, DC. The call came from an assisted living facility in Michigan where the goal was to take disabled residents from Flint, Michigan to Washington.

Specializing in travel for people with disabilities, Elizabeth expected the trip to be labor intensive, and so it was. Logistics were plentiful; 2 DC9 charter planes configured as business class allowing extra room, wheelchair accessible hotel rooms, tour buses with hydraulic lifts, buffet dinners and special banquets honoring the veterans as well as pre-arranged security screenings. Medically trained companions escorted the travelers to assist with dressing, eating and other tasks normally supported in their assisted living facility.

In Washington, Veterans donned their red, white and blue hats while singing God Bless America in front of the WWII memorial. 60 years after the end of the war, total strangers shook the hands of veterans and thanked them for their service.

In addition to the WWII memorial, the group was accommodated at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as in the Smithsonian Institute. A total of 42 wheelchair users with a variety of special needs were represented; stroke victims, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, to name a few.

Elizabeth Kelly, tour escort, owner of Best Bets Travel- is dedicated to travelers with disabilities. For information or to arrange an accessible visit to the WWII Memorial, call 321-243-0251.