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Published May 06, 2011, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: North Dakota Honor Flight, May 6-7, 2011

Veterans attend what is expected to be the final Honor Flight for North Dakota's World War II veterans


Nancy Halvorson of the North Dakota Patriot Riders gives a pin to Fargo World War II veteran Steve Gorman as he arrives at the Bismarck airport for the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum

  • Nancy Halvorson of the North Dakota Patriot Riders gives a pin to Fargo World War II veteran Steve Gorman as he arrives at the Bismarck airport for the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • The Honor Guard greeted about 125 North Dakota World War II veterans at the Bismarck airport this morning before they departed on the Rough Rider Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • The Honor Guard and the North Dakota Patriot Riders greeted about 125 veterans at the Bismarck airport this morning before they left on the Rough Rider Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • North Dakota National Guard Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk thanks the veterans as their plane leaves. He's flanked by Kevin Cramer, chairman of Rough  Rider Honor Flight (left) and Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • Julius Zimmerman, left, and Lawrence Ackerman, both World War II Army veterans from Elgin, N.D., read letters written to them by North Dakota students thanking them for their service. "I really appreciate it," Zimmerman said. "I will send her a thank you." Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • Patsy Thompson, an Honor Flight volunteer, passes out letters during "mail call" that were written by North Dakota students. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • North Dakota students wrote letters like this one to World War II veterans on the Honor Flight thanking them for their service. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • Tom Knapp of Lisbon, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, flies to Washington, D.C., with the Rough Rider Honor Flight. “I feel very honored,” Knapp said of participating in the trip. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Members of the Honor Flight Ground Crew greeted North Dakota veterans on the tarmac as they landed at Dulles Airport. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • North Dakota World War II veterans were greeted with hugs and kisses as they landed at Dulles Airport during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Veterans on the Rough Rider Honor Flight are greeted at the Dulles Airport as they land Friday afternoon. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran Martin Stumpf of Harvey gets a kiss from a Elizabeth Kirk of Alexandria, Va., who was among the people who greeted the group after they landed at Dulles Airport during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran Clarence Olson of Grand Forks is greeted after he lands at Dulles Airport for the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Sen. John Hoeven greets World War II veteran Harry Gimbel of Bismarck after the Rough Rider Honor Flight lands at Dulles Airport. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran Martin Stumpf and his daughter, Susan Shearer, both of Harvey, N.D., tour memorials in Washington, D.C., during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. After Martin was drafted into the Army, his wife, Minnie, joined the Women’s Air Corps. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Leo Kramer of Mandan takes a picture at the Korean War memorial. The World War II Air Force veteran also served in the Korean War. “That’s just what we looked like. Ponchos.” Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran Tom Selleys of Fargo is greeted after he lands at Dulles Airport during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor James Hancock looks at the Vietnam Memorial with his son Keith Hancock during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. James’ son Brian Hancock of Fargo is also on the Honor Flight as the head of the medical team. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran Tom Selleys of Fargo and his friend, Terri Schwartz of Harwood, look at names on the Vietnam Memorial during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Volunteer Layn Mudder organizes the 124 veterans on the Rough Rider Honor Flight as they take a group photo at the World War II Memorial.
  • Pearl Harbor survivor James Hancock reflects on the World War II Memorial during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. “It’s nice. It’s a beautiful place. It’s just sad to realize what it represents, that’s all.”� Hancock, from Wheeling, Ill., is the father of Brian Hancock, who is leading the medical team on the honor flight. Photo by Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran Lorraine Schroeder and her daughter, Mary, both of Carrington, N.D., visit the World War II Memorial. Photo by Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran Ben Clayburgh of Grand Forks, sings with a group of middle school children at Arlington National Cemetery who applauded the veterans. “He was a showboat,”� said his son, Rick Clayburgh. “I think he got into the moment.” Photo by Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • World War II veteran Steve Gorman of Fargo looks at the graves at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Gorman has a sister and brother-in-law buried there. Photo by Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Wallis Bolte of the Bismarck VFW Honor Guard was among about 1,000 people who welcomed home the veterans Saturday night at the Bismarck Airport. Photo by Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Fargo World War II veterans Jim Dixon, Carl Ekern and Steve Gorman return from the Rough Rider Honor Flight to a reception of 1,000 on Saturday night at the Bismarck airport. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Twelve-year-old Casey Beck of Mandan, N.D., greets World War II veterans as they return from the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Beck said he was touched that many of the hands were wet with tears. Photo by Amy Dalrymple / The Forum
  • Veteran Milo Iverson of Tioga, N.D., holds up a copy of the Tioga Tribune while posing at the World War II Memorial during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • Veteran Tom Knapp of Lisbon, N.D., center, talks to Rough Rider Honor Flight volunteer Layn Mudder as he organizes a group photo at the World War II Memorial.
  • World War II veteran Howard Palmer of Fargo visits the Iwo Jima Memorial. Palmer is the only Marine participating in the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Palmer was at Iwo Jima at the end of the battle. “It was just cleanup time when I got there,” Palmer said. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum
  • Edwin Fahlsing, who was a paratrooper in the Army during World War II, talks with teenagers at the World War II Memorial during the Rough Rider Honor Flight. Photo by Amy Dalrymple/The Forum