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Veterans Receive Hero's Welcome After Honor Flight

Posted at: 10/10/2012 4:50 AM
Updated at: 10/10/2012 8:40 AM
By: Scott Doane

After a long day in Washington D.C. about 90 veterans returned to Duluth after taking part in another Honor Flight Northland Trip Tuesday.

A welcome home celebration took place at the Duluth International Airport Tuesday night. It featured patriotic music and dozens of folks cheering on our veterans.

One of the veterans who made the trek was Elden Johns. He fought in World War II and he said he was honored to be able to take part in Honor Flight Northland.

"You come to appreciate much more, your country," Johns said about his trip to Washington. "It's a fantastic place to be and I'm so appreciative that I got to go on this trip."

Many family members of the veterans were also on hand. Scott Kregness's father fought over in Korea. He said his father called him five times from Washington during the day.

"What a lasting memory for him," Kregness said. "It's just got to be a very proud moment for all of those gentlemen."

The Honor Flight program is made possible by donations from the community.