Big Sky Honor Flight
Walking from the terminal and toward the stairs at Billings Logan International Airport, Jim Ellison first saw a sea of waving flags.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Norman Dale Leonard stood in the middle of the National World War II Memorial and wept.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only three strides into the vast Korean War Veterans Memorial on Sunday, Warren Dexter halted, convulsing with emotion.
10:50 A.M. MST: The Big Sky Honor Flight has arrived at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., and received another water cannon salute from airport crews. A tour of several memorials and a dinner awaits the veterans and volunteers.
Lockheed Martin is the latest corporation to lend financial support to Big Sky Honor Flight of Montana.
Unlike many of his Miles City buddies who were eager to enlist in the deadliest conflict in U.S. history, Thomas Arthur Hanel wasn’t tempted.
Participants on the second Big Sky Honor Flight are in store for two, jam-packed days of seeing some of the most moving and captivating sights in the nation's capital. The centerpiece of the tour will be the National World War II Memorial.
Plans, two years in the making, came to fruition in October 2011 when Montana became the 40th state to activate a chapter of the Honor Flight Network to pay homage to the nation’s World War II veterans.
Editor’s note: This list of Honor Flight participants is current as of Wednesday, Sept. 12. Some veterans may have dropped out or been added after press time. All ages are as of the second flight Sept. 23-24, 2012.
To learn more about the Big Sky Honor Flight, including how to apply, how to donate or how to adopt a veteran, visit www.bigskyhonorflight.org.
The World War II veterans will be greeted at Billings Logan International Airport to a “Heroes Welcome.”
World War II veterans aboard Sun Country Flight 8601 will be in good hands as they travel to and from the nation’s capital on Sept. 23-24.
Donors contributing to the second Big Sky Honor Flight, from May 1 to Aug. 15, 2012.
Big Sky Honor Flight Veterans
Big Sky Honor Flight: By the numbers
Plans, two years in the making, came to fruition in October 2011 when Montana became the 33rd state in the nation to activate a chapter of the Honor Flight Network to pay homage to the state’s World War II veterans.
Members of the Big Sky Honor Flight are in for a whirlwind, two-day tour of some of the most captivating sights in the nation’s capital in addition to the National World War II Memorial.
As a small-town farm boy from Bridger, John Reamy was hungry for adventure, longing to expand his worldview.
When soldiers returned from the battlefronts of World War II, there were few parades and few perks, and housing was scarce. But Bill and Peg Woolston had each other and the relationship they had nurtured primarily through wartime correspondence and black-and-white photos.