We editors at the magazine like to think of ourselves as an in-flight entertainment system with heart. We’re especially proud of the stories that tell a good, true yarn while making you feel better about humanity. So when our friends at Southwest told us about their support for Knights of Heroes—a high-adventure wilderness camp for kids who’ve lost their fathers to war—we jumped on it. Summer camp with a service angle, how could we pass it up?
But then, the topic is personal to me. I didn’t lose my father to war—he served in both Europe and the Philippines in World War II—but my mother’s only brother died over the English Channel on Easter Sunday, 1944. He was a pilot, and an ace. Uncle Ward was 22 years old, and the last male to carry the name of de Canizares. My dad’s own experience changed him forever. Both of them served, and sacrificed. I tell their stories in the same issue.
And, of course, we sprinkle in some travel too—the otherworldly kind, as discussed by astronaut Jessica Meir, and the usual. Be sure to check out the Adventure In Orlando. (Hint: There’s plenty to do outside of Disney.)