The Washington Redskins and USAA on Saturday welcomed 12 World War II veterans at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. They will be in the area through Monday as they will be honored on Pearl Harbor Day.
The Redskins and USAA are hosting several veterans, along with a companion, from Saturday, Dec. 5 through Monday, Dec. 7 as part of their military moments.
The festivities will conclude with a celebration for the veterans during the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football game at FedExField on Monday, which is also Pearl Harbor Day.
During their stay, the veterans will visit the Arlington National Cemetery and the World War II Memorial.
Among those welcoming the veterans to the Washington, D.C., area on Saturday were Redskins alums Brig Owens and Carl Kammerer and the First Ladies of Football.
Owens holds the franchise record for most interceptions, while Kammerer played seven seasons in Washington during the 1960s.
The following veterans are part of the “Honor Guard”:
--Harold Arrington, Machinist Mate 2nd Class, U.S. Coast Guard
--Albert Binko, Tech Sgt., U.S. Army
--Herb Durham, Lt., Army Air Corps
--Joe Geary, Capt., Army Air Corps
--Ed Graham, Cpl., U.S. Marine Corps
--Laura Mays, Fireman 1st Class, U.S. Navy
--Dale “Doc” Nelson, Senior Chief Hospitalman, U.S. Navy
--Dale “Red” Robinson, Sgt., U.S. Army
--Curtis Smith, Seaman 1st Class, U.S. Navy
--Esther Spring, Lt., U.S. Army Nurse Corps
--Eldon Swope, Merchant Marines
--Ted Waller, Boatswains Mate First Class, U.S. Navy
Check back with Redskins.com for more on the veterans’ stay in Washington, D.C.