Mike and Owen “Jack” Mulholland will never forget Saturday, April 28. That’s the day they flew to Washington, D.C. as part of Honor Flight Syracuse, a not-for-profit organization which provides Veterans the opportunity to visit the national memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. “My father was overwhelmed by the amount of gracious people who came up to him and told him, ‘thank you for your service,’” said Mike Mulholland. There was a huge outreach and it meant a ton to him.”
Mike Mulholland is one of those people who makes Onondaga Community College go. He serves the campus as Director of Building Services. His father is part of our country’s greatest generation. Jack Mulholland was drafted into the United States Army and served in Korea during the Korean War.
Last Saturday the Mulholland’s, along with 79 other Veterans and their guardians, traveled to Washington. They took off from Syracuse’s Hancock Airport at 7 a.m. and arrived at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport about an hour-and-a-half later. Once on the ground they boarded a motor coach and began a tour of some of our nation’s most solemn places. They visited the World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials. They also stopped at the Arlington National Cemetery and witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. “The size of Arlington was overwhelming,” said Mike Mulholland. “Over 400,000 are buried there and, on average, they have 27 ceremonies a day.”
By dinner time the Mulholland’s were on their way back to Syracuse. During the return flight Mike read his father letters which had been written to him by his children and grandchildren. The letters thanked him for his service. “It was very emotional,” he said.
Once on the ground in Syracuse the Veterans were treated to a huge welcome home ceremony at the airport. “It was a wonderful day,” said Mike Mulholland. “My dad is so grateful for the support and gratitude everyone showed him and all of the Veterans.”