What Springfield-area veterans saw on Honor Flights of the Ozarks trip

It was a very long day but it made a lot of memories for 81 veterans from the Ozarks who took the Aug. 23 daylong flight with Honor Flight of the Ozarks to Washington DC to see their military memorials.

By 3:30 am on flight day the veterans, the guardians and the medical and support team met in the boardroom at the Springfield-Branson National Airport and were greeted with donuts and hot coffee — just a sample of long-ago military memories for these veterans.

The Sun Country Airlines 737 arrived on time from its home base in Minneapolis at 5:00 am and the veterans and guardians walked to the gate through a saber arch provided by the Willard Junior ROTC Saber Guard. Flight group was welcomed to Washington by people from the Honor Flight Network national office waving flags and cheering.

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