LUVERNE — A trio of veterans-related projects will benefit from nearly $11,000 remaining in the fundraising kitty after Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota officially closed its hub earlier this month.RELATED CONTENT
I was fortunate to be a guardian and accompany my father on the final Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight that took 109 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29, 2011.RELATED CONTENT
The fourth and final Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight is history, but the memories linger on.RELATED CONTENT
What a privilege and honor it was to be on the fourth and final Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight.RELATED CONTENT
Weekend marks the final Honor Flight for southwest Minnesota
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rain drops and a little wind Saturday morning couldn’t stop 109 veterans from walking along the granite pillars that make up the grand oval tribute to all who served in World War II.
Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota spent the first of two days in Washington, D.C., Friday.RELATED CONTENT
FAIRMONT — When the fourth and final journey of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota takes to the skies from the Sioux Falls Airport this morning, Orville and Virginia “Tootie” Austin will be side-by-side in their seats, perhaps holding hands and most likely eager to see the World War II Memorial built in their honor.RELATED CONTENT
Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight trip captain and organizer Terrie Gulden addresses the attendees at the pre-flight banquet Thursday night in Luverne.RELATED CONTENT
A large contingent of World War II veterans and volunteers will gather tonight in Luverne for a banquet that will precede Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota’s fourth trip to Washington, D.C.RELATED CONTENT
Sanborn siblings share their experiences in WWII
SANBORN — Stan and Glenn Dammann don’t recall their parents hanging blue-starred banners in their window during World War II, but they do remember their dad was pretty upset when draft papers arrived first for Stan, and then 16 months later, for Glenn — the two oldest boys in the family.
LUVERNE — John “Gordy” Aanenson beams with pride when he pulls a dagger from its sheath and points out the “Alles für Deutschland” inscription on the blade.RELATED CONTENT
LUVERNE — The fourth and final journey of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota will be special in many ways, not only for the veterans and guardians, but for the staff people who have accompanied our World War II heroes on each of the journeys to Washington, D.C.RELATED CONTENT
PIPESTONE — Not long after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and set the stage for what would be a nearly four-year battle on the Pacific and Atlantic fronts, America had called its people to not only help in the war effort, but to make sacrifices because of it. Some took that call to duty rather seriously, including the Earhart family of rural Pipestone.RELATED CONTENT
Marine steered into Saipan, Okinawa invasions
WINDOM — While many young men in the early 1940s waited for Uncle Sam to come calling with draft papers, there were a fair share who volunteered — some stepping up even before they could legally sign their name on enlistment papers.
Bendt was nurse’s aide on Texas air base in World War II
LUVERNE — Ruth Bendt dreamed of nothing more than becoming a registered nurse like her mother.