Northlanders Welcome Home Local Veterans at Duluth Airport

Adam Olander
Created: April 15, 2018 11:01 PM

The Northland was incredibly proud to welcome home local veterans at the Duluth International Airport on Saturday night.

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The Honor Flight Northland, which was carrying about 100 veterans from WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War, arrived after spending their free day in Washington D.C.

"The most important thing that I wanted to see out there was the Changing of the Guards, because that is something that any soldier that served in out country would really get something out of it," says Honor Flight Veteran, Gordon Lehman. "That means a lot to us to pay our respects to those guys."

Lehman's daughter, Traci Portwood, says "I was there as a guardian with my dad and I knew that I would get a lot out of the trip. Not just as a bonding experience, but I was surprised as a non-veteran how much I took from it. The memorials that they have there for Vietnam and Korea and WWII, you just stand there amongst those names and what they've done and you're kind of breathless. It's an amazing thing to have experienced with him."

This marks the 11th trip that the veterans have been able to make to Washington D.C.


Adam Olander

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