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Hoosier Veterans Honored During Last Honor Flight

The Hoosier Honor Flight took World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. for a day trip. Greg Parker has the story for WTIU.

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    Veterans pose for a group picture

  • Hoosier Honor Flight Group Photo

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    Veterans pose for a group picture

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    Veterans stop at the Washington Monument during the Hoosier Honor Flight

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    Veterans Visit a memorial during the Hoosier Honor Flight

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    Hoosier Honor Flight in Washington D.C.

At 7:15am Wednesday an airplane carrying Hoosier veterans of both World War II and the Korean War took off toward our nation’s capitol. After arrival, the group was on their way to the World War II and Korean War Memorials.

For Lovetta Baldwin, a factory worker who assembled air crafts during the Second World War, such a monument is more than a memorial, but rather something capable of changing hearts.

“This here to me puts enthusiasm, puts love, and I don’t see how we could have war when you see something like this,” she says. “It’s just fantastic.”

Korean War veteran Charles Townsend wasn’t able to express in words how much the Korean War Memorial meant to him.

“It’s kind of hard to put in words,” he says. “The things that you saw there during war, you want to forget, and this monument is a tremendous tribute to the people that were there.”

After spending the day at both memorials and Arlington National Cemetery, it was time to come back to Indiana. But this homecoming was somewhat different than the homecoming some veterans experienced nearly 60 years before.

“When I came home from actual service, there wasn’t a soul there, not a person. This makes up for all of it. Makes up for all of it.”

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