Prime Time: Bemidji World War II vet goes on Honor Flight
World War II veteran Ken Dunlap of Bemidji was one of 105 veterans (ages 82-99) and 52 guardians participating in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., Sept. 20.
Dunlap's son Keven accompanied his father on the memorable day as one of the volunteer guardians, who escort veterans and provide assistance.
The Honor flight was sponsored by the Honor Flight - St. Cloud Chapter and Coborns.
The veterans started their day at 4:30 a.m. at the St. Cloud Airport, with wheels up at 6 a.m. on a Sun Country flight to Dulles International. The first stop in Washington was at the World War II Memorial for a group photo and a flag dedication at the Minnesota Memorial.
After touring the World War II Memorial, the veterans and guardians took a short bus ride to the Vietnam Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean Memorial.
Next was a tour of the city and on to Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The veterans also saw the Navy and Air Force memorials before stopping at the Iowa Jima Memorial to visit the flag-raising statue.
Then it was back to Dulles for the flight home, with wheels down in St. Cloud at 10:30 p.m. It was a busy but very enjoyable experience for the veterans and guardians. Total strangers approached the veterans to thank them for their sacrifice and service.
Honor Flight video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGkr5GNG52Y