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Blackduck veteran chosen for Honor Flight

World War II veteran Al Gerner has been selected to fly to Washington, D.C., on a Freedom Flight. He will leave Blackduck at 2 p.m. on June 7 escorted by Blackduck Legion Riders Post 372. He will fly out and back from Duluth on June 8.

A reception in Gerner’s honor will be held from 2-4 p.m. June 14 at the Blackduck American Legion. Gerner served from 1941-1945 in the U.S. Army Railroad Battalion in the Middle East.

According to the Freedom Honor Flight web page, the organization was founded in April 2008 and flies veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that stand in their honor. Veterans are chosen for the trip on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to World War II veterans and veterans with a terminal illness. The trip is all in one day, spending several hours at the World War II Memorial, and visiting other Washington landmarks such as the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial and others as time permits.