Crosby Commons residents Helen Carlson and Bob Shields recently enjoyed a memorable ride in the sky.

They were treated to a high-flying trip in a Cessna Model 177B plane, known as the Cardinal. It was flown by George Clark, son of Crosby Commons resident George “Bush” Clark, in honor of his dad and his service to our country. “Bush” Clark, 103, is a military veteran.

Though his father was not able to take part in the flight, Clark offered to fly any other interested residents as part of a Veterans Day celebration.

A veteran and a veteran's wife

Shields served as a U.S. Naval officer in the South Pacific on an LST (landing ship tank) during World War II. He was responsible for moving troops, tanks and aircraft fuel, often under fire, during landings on the beaches of Guam, Saipan, New Guinea and other locations.

Carlson took the ride in memory of her husband, Roland A. Carlson, an Air Force pilot who had spent two years as a prisoner-of-war in Germany after his plane was shot down during World War II.

Crosby Commons is an assisted and independent living community located on the Wesley Village campus on Long Hill Avenue.