Honored Vets

U.S. military veterans Terry and Ira Pyles (center) made the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., last month with their nephew, Jasper Pyles (left), the son of their late brother David Pyles, who was also a veteran, and Ira’s son Greg Pyles (right).

Three brothers from Carroll County — Ira Pyles, Terry Pyles and David Pyles — all served in the United States military during the Vietnam War.

Terry Pyles, of Madison, Indiana, decided they should go together on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C., but before that could happen, David Pyles of Carrollton died in December 2019.

The Honor Flight program, suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, was restarted on Sept. 21 and Terry and Ira, of Erlanger, Kentucky, were selected to be on that flight. They left Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at 7 a.m. accompanied by Jasper Pyles, their nephew and son of David Pyles and Ira’s son Gregory.

After arriving in Washington, they visited the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Iwo Jima, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the US Air Force Memorial, US Navy Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and other Washington D.C. sights before flying home.

Upon arrival back at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International at 10 p.m. they were greeted by a banner, family and friends with a parade and band welcoming them back home in what was a memorable trip for all.