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Letter: Participating in the recent Veterans Honor Flight was one of the best experiences of my life

Don Brennan of Horace writes, "It takes a lot to make me tear up and get a lump in my throat, but it happened when I came down the escalator to the hundreds of people welcoming us home."

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I was recently a member of the Veterans Honor Flight of ND/MN Oct. 2 - 4. What a tremendous experience!

I have never been a part of anything that was organized so thoroughly as this was. I have never seen a group of volunteers so dedicated and so enthusiastic about making us so comfortable and the experience the best ever. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

At the National Archives we were told to look for Abe Lincoln in the mural high on the
wall of the Rotunda. Not too hard to find, but I came away with a funny feeling that they
taught "penmanship" in the schools way back then. It's a remarkable museum, something everybody should visit when they are in D.C.

Accommodations were top notch. Very clean and comfortable. The meals were great. Being a fruit lover, I requested a banana with my salad just before I sat down at a table. My request was granted.

When we were departing the plane in Fargo, I expressed my feelings to several of the
volunteers and one of them said, "it ain't over yet," and he was right. It takes a lot to make me tear up and get a lump in my throat, but it happened when I came down the escalator to the hundreds of people welcoming us home. One of the great experiences in my life, one of the great moments in my life. I will never forget it.

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Don Brennan lives in Horace, N.D.

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