Wilbert Kalmbach participates in Honor Flight
Local WWII veteran spreads good will in the nation’s capital
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A retired Camas paper mill employee recently had an opportunity to visit several sites in Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight program.
Wilbert Kalmbach, a World War II veteran, and his daughter Maria Dunn saw The Lincoln Memorial, Air Force and Marine Corps memorials and a Vietnam memorial that honors the nurses who served.
They also witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
Kalmbach, 86, remembered an especially emotional moment at the WWII memorial. He encountered a 2-year old girl with her parents.
She held a small American flag and had a red ribbon in her hair.
“Samantha said, ‘Thank you for serving,’ Kalmbach recalled. “Her daddy said, ‘These are the veterans I told you about, remember?’”