Villages Honor Flight mission salutes Villager, volunteer Bob Kitt

The changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Thirty-five veterans and their 35 guardians on Wednesday toured the war memorials on a cold and rainy day in Washington, D.C.

Villages Honor Flight, M18 took off from Orlando early in the morning and carried the group to the Baltimore airport. From there, they rode by bus to Washington D.C.

The group visited the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and observed the changing of the guard.

Villages residents and World War II Navy veterans, Martha Daegele (left) and Bette Widdowson, (right), check their registrations
Villages residents and World War II Navy veterans, Martha Daegele (left) and Bette Widdowson, (right), check their registrations

This flight was dedicated to Bob Kitt, an Honor Flight volunteer and decorated veteran who passed away recently in The Villages.

Kitt, a retired Navy captain, died Oct. 18, 2014. He served his country with distinction through World War II  and Vietnam and retired in 1973.

In Washington, D.C., Villages residents and World War II Navy veterans, Martha Daegele and Bette Widdowson enjoyed a visit to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

A large crowd turned out for a welcome home celebration at American Legion Post 347 at Rolling Acres Road and County Road 466 in Lady Lake. Entertainment included the Villages Twirlers and Drum Corps who gave a spirited performance.