On Thursday morning, March 22nd, on our way to the McNay Museum Fair in San Antonio, we fell into the American Airline’s ceremony at LaGuardia honoring veterans in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day.
The procession of Medal of Honor recipients in Terminal D was led by a military honor guard; both the New York City Police and Fire Departments’ bagpipe bands played, and along the corridor were placards with pictures and biographies. Service men and women saluted, officials stood at attention, and the rest of us clapped as ribbon-wearing veterans, from Korea, Viet Nam, and more recent wars, were honored.
It was a nice -- it combined the official and organized effort of city, military, and commercial, with the impromptu enthusiasm of the hugely diverse world of airport "gates." We really felt that we were at the right time in the right place.