On June 25, the Army Heritage Center Foundation and Starbucks hosted 18 Veterans and their escorts on an Honor Bus that traveled from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle to Arlington National Cemetery.
The trip, funded by the Starbucks Foundation and organized by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, brought local veterans together with volunteers from Starbucks locations in the mid-state to travel to Arlington to pay their respects to our nation’s honored dead. Along the way, veterans and escorts got to know each other and share stories of service and sacrifice.
Starbucks employees volunteered their time to serve as escorts to provide assistance and companionship for the veterans and to experience the Cemetery with some of the men and women from their own community who served.
Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star Awardee David Calhoun with two members of the U.S. Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Photo Courtesy of Army Heritage Center Foundation)
Vietnam Veteran Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Phyllis Cogan with her escort, Starbucks Barista Amin Sou
Korean War Veteran Harold Showalter sitting on the Korean War Memorial contemplative bench. June 25 marked the 69th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.