Maple Suites honors local police officers and WWII veteran ahead of Honor Flight trip
Friday, May 20, Maple Suites residents welcomed several Dover, New Hampshire, police officers to the senior living community for a special luncheon to celebrate National Police Week. As luck would have it, the luncheon also came two days before Maple Suites resident and World War II veteran, Bob Greenlaw, was set to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., courtesy of Honor Flight New England.
Bob joined the Navy right after graduating high school, and at age 18, served his country on submarines in the Pacific Ocean. More than 70 years later, the 91-year-old received a special thank you from Maple Suites residents and several local police officers ahead of his Honor Flight.
Officer Paul Levine, a combat veteran who served in Iraq, was also in attendance to say a few special words of thanks before Bob headed to Washington, D.C.
The police appreciation luncheon and Honor Flight send-off made for a busy Friday afternoon at Maple Suites, and kicked off a special few days for Bob, who was most excited about sharing the experience with his son, Rob.
“I’m really going to enjoy it. And I’m taking my son, which is what’s so nice about all this,” said Bob. The father-son duo joined other World War II veterans on the flight, all of whom received a hero’s welcome at Baltimore-Washington International Airport Sunday, May 22.
For Maple Suites residents, Dover police officers, and the volunteers at Honor Flight New England, stories like Bob’s are what make events like these worthwhile.
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