STAFF BLOG THE FARM BLEAT A marvelous, fabulous journey
When a reporter has a hard time putting into words the personal thoughts, emotions and experiences of Honor Flight, it sort of puts into perspective what this trip means to those of us lucky to have a... Posted on 10/3/11 at 8:34 PM
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
WORTHINGTON — Albyn Welch was visiting his sister near Okabena on Dec. 7, 1941, when he learned the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the Americans were gearing up for war against the Pacific nation. Having grown up the son of a World War I Army soldier, Welch realized he would likely be called upon to serve his country.
LUVERNE — World War II veterans from the region still hoping to take part on Honor Flight are in luck — the Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota board decided at its meeting Sunday evening that there will be a fourth and final flight departing from the Luverne hub.
LUVERNE — As veterans on the third journey of Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota gathered Thursday evening at the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne, they learned they had a harmonica player among them. He isn’t just any harmonica player though — Emmert “Andy” Andersen, now of Milford, Iowa, actually played in the largest opera house in Europe.
Pettengills excited to embark on Honor Flight today
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — It was nearly two years ago that Roscoe and Nadene Pettengill filled out the required paperwork and applied to go on Honor Flight, a program that sends America’s World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., free of charge to view the memorial built in their honor.
Pipestone veteran led class of 162 bombardiers in training
PIPESTONE — Imagine spending 22 months of your life in training for a skill you will never get to fully utilize in service to your country. It’s almost bittersweet — bitter knowing you were well trained and confident in the mission; and sweet because you know flying just one mission could have ended your life.
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