Anthony Palada, a resident at Alden Estates of Orland Park, recently took an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. His visit included a visit to the World War II Memorial and other sites of interest to WWII veterans. This one-day trip was organized by Honor Flight Chicago, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and thank local veterans for their years of service during WWII. Mr. Palada served for almost two years as a Fireman, 2nd class and received a Victory Ribbon for his years of service.

Mr. Palada, age 94, was nominated for this honor by Nancy Johnson, assistant activity director at Alden Estates of Orland Park. “Anthony has delighted us and other residents with his stories about serving,” Johnson says. “I just knew this was something he would enjoy.”

His daughter, Linda Shanghai, greeted her father when he arrived home from the visit to D.C. “It was a phenomenal experience,” she said. “This was a life-changing moment for my father and something he will always remember. We couldn’t have done this without the dedication of the staff at Alden. They were wonderful.”

“I was delighted to have been chosen for this honor,” says Palada. “I appreciate my ‘family’ here at Alden of thinking of me and Honor Flight for selecting me to participate.”