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Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota participant Al Swanson, Worthington, is greeted and thanked for his service to the country by members of the public while visiting the World War II Memorial Saturday in Washington D.C. During their entire inaugural flight, southwest Minnesota veterans were treated like royalty, being warmly and enthusiastically greeted and thanked at all their stops in the Washington, D.C. area. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Veterans call Honor Flight an awesome experience

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Unbelievable. Tremendous. Pretty neat. Impressive. Wonderful.

Those words were spoken countless times Friday and Saturday by the World War II veterans experiencing the inaugural Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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