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Saturday's Honor Flight Taking WWII Veterans To Washington

One-Day Trip Takes Veterans To Washington

Posted: May 2, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF Jones fourth-graders listen as World War II veterans Forrest Strickler, from left, and Russell share memories Thursday of the war and previous Arkansas Honor Flights with Sara Lilygren of Tyson Foods.

HIGHFILL -- Twenty-four sets of eyes stared intently at Julius Russell as he fought back tears while recounting his role in the June 6, 1944, D-Day battle at Omaha Beach.

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Honor Flight Network

The Honor Flight Network is a national nonprofit organization that started seven years ago in Ohio with six small planes taking a dozen World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington. Today there are Honor Flight hubs in more than 40 states, including Arkansas Honor Flight. The network reports it has taken more than 98,500 veterans to Washington between 2005 and 2012. The Honor Flight Network is online at honorflight.org.

Source: Staff Report

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Hero’s Welcome

Arkansas Honor Flight invites the public to a reception for the veterans following their trip to Washington. The flight will return to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport at 7:45 p.m. Saturday. The reception will include a color guard and patriotic music by the Rogers Heritage High School band.

Source: Staff Report

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