Miss Missouri Pre-Teen, Abbie Mueller, was honored to be invited to participate in the Welcome Arrival Ceremony for the St. Louis Honor Flight at Lambert St. Louis Airport, welcoming home veterans from the Korean, WWII, and Vietnam wars. After leaving early in the morning, the veterans spend the day in Washington D.C. visiting the memorials of their respective service locations, and come home in the evening to hundreds of family members and volunteers welcoming and thanking them for their service. Abbie met with the families of the servicemembers, the volunteers of the Honor Flight organization, and most importantly, personally greeted and thanked each veteran for their service. She helped present each veteran with a Challenge Chip (reminiscent of the challenge coins that are presented by national military officials to soldiers in active service), a certificate, a flag, and a Quilt of Valor.
As the daughter of a retired U.S. Army officer who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was injured in service, Abbie has a special appreciation for these brave Americans and enjoys hearing their stories of sacrifice and dedication from when they served. You can follow along with Abbie’s year as Miss Missouri Pre-Teen on Instagram at NAM_MO_PRETEEN_2016.