The Daily Southerner
On May 29, 2004, the World War II Memorial was dedicated to honor "The Greatest Generation" in Washington. At that time the youngest member of this generation was more than 80 years old and it was realized it would be difficult for these men to make the trip to see the memorial because of a lack of funds and health issues. Time was also a concern because of increasing number of World War II veterans who were dying.
Triangle Honor Flight was initially conceived in 2004 under the leadership of a physician’s assistant and a retired Air Force captain. Its sole purpose was to fly veterans to Washington to visit memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices.
On April 18, 2012, two brothers who attended Carver School — B.C. and Rev. Walter Pitt — participated in the Triangle Flight of Honor and were flown to visit the World War II Memorial.
Prior to their departure from RDU airport, the veterans were given a water salute and in Washington, DC, they received another water salute at the Reagan Airport. The day was filled with tours of several sites, memorials, meals and lots of loving care form volunteers. On the return flight they were honored with a military mail call, receiving numerous letters thanking them for their service and sacrifices. They received a heroes welcome when they returned to Raleigh.
Brothers B.C. and Walter were honored to be participants of what was the final honor flight from Raleigh-Durham. At the urging of nephew and niece Carnell and Lois Hinton, they submitted their application and, although they were not World War II veterans, they were selected as veterans from the Korean Conflict era.
B.C. served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1953 and 1954-1957. He was stationed in Korea, Greenland, Virginia and Texas.
They are the sons of the late Buck and Nancy Lindsay Pitt. They carried on the military tradition of their father who served in World War I. Their younger brother, Anthony also served in the U.S. Army.
They both were elated to receive this recognition. Rev. Pitt summed it up with these words: "It means everything to me because I'm proud to have served my country and I'm proud to go on this flight. I'm highly honored."