Lights were flashing up ahead and it looked like a terrible accident. As we drove closer, the lights were first visible on the 420 overpass at Wannamaker Avenue.
Whenever two fire truck ladders come together in formation with an American flag display in between it is in honor of someone.
Tinicum Township Fire Department and Ridley Park Fire Department were the first to bring attention to this special event.
On the opposite side of the highway heading north on Interstate 95, bringing traffic to a pause for a noble cause were the police escorts that lead the procession.
Next came the motorcycles and a section of motorcycles carrying the American flag.
This set of flags should have been my first clue. She what stands out to you. Marines? POW MIA?
Still I thought perhaps this had been a tribute to the two fireman who lost their lives in that senseless, tragic fire in Wilmington in the past week. Signs seemed to be indicating it was something else.
Who were on these buses?
On the next overpass, there were two ladders from different fire departments Milmont Park and Glenolden.
The halt in traffic, the flashing lights, the extended firetruck ladders, the police escort, the roar of the motorcycles it lasted maybe 5 minutes, what had we just witnessed? Many things slip under the radar and go undetected. This was a long overdue recognition of our Vietnam Vets. It was a Welcome Home by the Honor Flight Philadelphia. The trip ended at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia where the reception was being held. I finally found the connection by searching "escort Interstate 95, October 1, 2015.
May I also take a moment of pause to honor all men and women of our military that protect our country. Too often the focus is drawn away from those that actually serve. This was an eye-opening moment. How fortunate to be at the right place and time to witness this.
If you were lucky enough to be delayed in traffic around 5:45 p.m.on Saturday and wondered what was happening, I thought I might share, you were part of something very special. Who knew?