Bob Martin, a World War II veteran, was invited to take a whirlwind weekend trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the nonprofit Honor Flight Southland, according to Maureen Bond, vice president of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, of which Martin is a former president.
Martin, 91, joined 17 other veterans on the Oct. 6-8 trip to the nation’s capital for an itinerary that included a trip to Arlington National Cemetery, the Women’s Memorial, the U.S. Air Force Memorial and the World War II, Korean and Vietnam war memorials. They also paid a visit to the Lincoln Memorial and the Navy Yard/Museum.
Learning of Martin’s pending trip, the Kiwanians prepared a specially designed card thanking him for his service in the armed forces, which members began signing earlier this month.
As a 19-year-old Marine, Martin fought in Okinawa in 1945. In 2015 his memoir of that time, “Remembering Okinawa,” which features his account and drawings of the battle, was published.
Martin was accompanied on the trip to Washington, D.C., by his son and two daughters.