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GEORGE PEABODY sits in his home in Hank's Exchange. The WWII veteran was flown to Washington, D.C. to see the sights by Honor Flight of Northern California. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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‘Peabody Bobbity Boo’ goes to Washington

By From page A4 | May 10, 2013

It was raining and cold in Washington D.C. when George Peabody arrived on April 19, but his welcome was warm. About 28 WWII veterans and 20 Guardians flew from San Francisco on an Honor Flight Tour to visit the WWII Memorial and see the sights, courtesy of Honor Flight of Northern California.

Honor Flight of Northern California is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s veterans for all their sacrifices by flying these American heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. All expenses, including food and lodging are paid for by Honor Flight and volunteers, known as Guardians, are assigned to each vet to take care of all veterans’ needs.
Bud Sweet, U.S. Marine of the Fleet Reserve Association and owner of Sweet Septic, picked Peabody up at his home and drove him and Peabody’s son, Geoffrey, to the San Francisco airport.
“When I got there, I was given a Guardian, Marine Sgt. Michael Emerson, who decided I should be in a wheelchair,” said Peabody, who still suffers with a leg wound he received at Iwo Jima. “I was almost insulted because I can get around pretty well on my crutches, but I agreed, and it was a good thing I did because I got to go to a lot of places and see things I otherwise wouldn’t have.”

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