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Big Sky Honor Flight

Gazette opinion: Honor Flight delivers on promise to WWII veterans

Gazette opinion: Honor Flight delivers on promise to WWII veterans

Beginning in September 2012, Big Sky Honor Flight transported 753 Montana veterans to our nation’s capital and home again. The final flight returned to Billings Monday with 77 honored veterans.

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Raw Video: Police escort Big Sky Honor Flight tour

Raw Video: Police escort Big Sky Honor Flight tour

Tour bus driver Joey Bennett is forced to deliver his tour faster than usual as he keeps up with the police escort that guides the Big Sky Honor Flight veterans through the busy streets of Washington, D.C.

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Bob Saxbury waits

Bob Saxbury waits

American Legion Post 123 of Laurel member Bob Saxbury waits for the return of the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Balloons fall

Balloons fall

World War II veterans are given a hero's welcome after participating in the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Hero's Welcome

Hero's Welcome

Friends, families and supporters cheer as World War II veterans are given a hero's welcome after participating in the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Veteran Edgar Fisher shakes hands

Veteran Edgar Fisher shakes hands

World War II veteran Edgar Fisher, 86, right, accepts a handshake and thanks from Doug Clark, left, during the hero's welcome for the members of the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Veteran Max Long thanks Robert Altman

Veteran Max Long thanks Robert Altman

American Legion Post 123 of Laurel member Max Long, right, offers a handshake and thanks to World War II veteran Robert Altman, 89, during the hero's welcome for the participants of the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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A tearful hug

A tearful hug

Big Sky Honor Flight President Tina Vauthier accepts a hug from West Park resident Father Charlie Gorman during the hero's welcome for the participating veterans of the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Jack Engleman salutes

Jack Engleman salutes

World War II veteran Jack Engleman, 86, salutes the crowd during the arrival of the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Veteran Andrew Kim

Veteran Andrew Kim

World War II, Korea and Vietnam veteran Andrew Kim, 87, right, shakes hands with grateful citizen Peggy LeDuc, left, after arriving home from the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Hero's Welcome

Hero's Welcome

World War II veteran Mel Blanchard, 90, plants a kiss on his girlfriend, Tori Marion, 63, after he returned home from the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Hero's Welcome

Hero's Welcome

Violet Banderob, 4, falls asleep holding an American flag on her mother Heidi Banderob's shoulders as they wait for the return of the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Hero's Welcome

Hero's Welcome

Congressman Steve Daines welcomes World War II veteran Delmar Davis, 86, after his return from the final Big Sky Honor Flight on Monday May 12, 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport.

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'In a war, no one ever wins': Memories, grief at WWII Memorial

'In a war, no one ever wins': Memories, grief at WWII Memorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A visit to the National World War II Memorial on Monday morning was all it took for John “Spook” Isotalo to be transported back to his days in the U.S. Army. 

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Big Sky Honor Flight, Day 2

Big Sky Honor Flight, Day 2

Veterans from Montana continued their tour of memorials in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Stops included the Arlington National Cemetery and the World War II Memorial.

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Raw video: Water gun salute for WWII vets at Dulles

Raw video: Water gun salute for WWII vets at Dulles

The Dulles International Airport's fire department welcomes 77 Montana World War II veterans on the Big Sky Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. by saluting them with their cannons over the plane.

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And they're off: Veterans land in D.C., board buses for tour

And they're off: Veterans land in D.C., board buses for tour

Veterans have landed in Washington, D.C., and are getting set to visit the sights in the nation's capital. 

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Passion for veterans

Passion for veterans

Tina Vauthier, president of the Big Sky Honor Flight Committee, becomes emotional while talking about her son, Jason, who was wounded in Iraq and her passion for veterans. “I wanted to be part of taking care of soliders because they really deserve that,” she says.

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Affection for World War II veterans

Affection for World War II veterans

Tina Vauthier, president of the Big Sky Honor Flight Committee, and Willard Baker, a World War II veteran, discuss how Big Sky Honor Flight got its start in Montana.

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Dad's cap

Dad's cap

Donald Buska's Honor Flight cap rests above his kitchen counter. Buska Tuesday morning about eight hours after arriving home a tour with Big Sky Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

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