Posted: May 20, 2013 8:50 AM by Tim McGonigal - MTN News
WASHINGTON, DC - More than 80 Montana veterans of World War II are in the nation's capital as part of the latest Big Sky Honor Flight trip.
Once the Big Sky Honor Flight touched down in Washington, DC there were cheers, music and there were thanks from people of all ages.
"I'm pleased here. My kids had a heck of a time getting me to come, but yeah, I appreciate it," said U.S. Navy veteran Earl Warne from Billings.
Some 84 Montana veterans of World War II made this trip as part of the fourth Big Sky Honor Flight. They were taken to some of the nation's most treasured landmarks after leaving the airport, including the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, a place where Dorothy Roeder had been before.
"I climbed the steps of this thing one time. Oh yeah, Washington Monument, too," the Bozeman veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Even though Dorothy and some of the others don't get around like they used to, that doesn't diminish their appreciation.
"Oh, I think it feels wonderful. This is a real nice trip and I think it's wonderful the people would get together and send the veterans to this," Butte veteran Donald David said.
Their night ended with a banquet that again thanked them for their service and also featured an appearance by U.S. Senator Jon Tester.
"Everyday we get up and thank the generation that you're a part of for making this country everything that it is today," Tester said.
The veterans will have another action-packed day on Monday, including a trip to their memorial, the World War II Memorial. The veterans are scheduled to return to Billings on Monday night.