Looking for some clarification on "D". It's listed twice and has two different answers. ("he was involved in ED missions" & "saw a memorial with D(+2) contrails"). Glad to see you changed it from entrails to contrails.
I really enjoyed the puzzle as it hit's very close to home. I've been sending off and welcoming WWII veterans since 2010 as part of the SE Wisconsin Honor Flight Hub, "Stars and Stripes". I was extremely fortunate to be my fathers guardian on April 28, 2012. The experience was humbling, moving, gratifying and profound. I can't put in to words the impact it's had on my father and the other veterans. To see their emotion and out pouring of appreciation is something to see. These men and women have stories to tell and it should be everyone's responsibility to listen and pass them on to future generations. Time is passing quickly for the greatest generation.
My family has been part of the huge welcome home crowds as well. They're great and the energy is incredible. However, it's 6 to 8 rows deep, and you're lucky if you get to shake a veterans hand. These veterans need the huge "Welcome Home" crowds and is a highlight of their trip. It's something they never received 65+ years ago. We usually let the family and friends of returning vets have the front rows. Instead of attending that big event, what we've done lately, is to get up early, arrive at the airport by 4:30am and send off the vets. The reasoning is that you can meet and shake nearly everyone of the vets hands and thank them for their service. That personal connection of a hand shake, eye contact and then a smile does incredible things to ones soul. So gratifying. I highly recommend it.
Another incredible "World Record" event, that 40+ members of our family attended, was the "Field of Honor" tribute at Miller Park on 8/11/2012. The event was held for all the vets, but mainly for the vets that could not take an honor flight to Washington DC, for whatever reason (Mostly health related). The premier showing of the documentary, "Honor Flight The Movie", was the highlight and the world record attendance for a premiere was set. This movie just started playing in theaters in SE Wisconsin and I think will be eventually available on DVD. For current participating theaters see: (visit link)
For more information on Honor Flight's beginnings, Maps and Websites for the 6 Honor Flight Hubs in Wisconsin, check out: (visit link) Do it today...time is running out.