ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Alaska Airlines together with the Last Frontier Honor Flight are celebrating the ones who have served our country. Twenty-three veterans boarded Alaska Airlines Honor Flight Tuesday morning.
Honor Flight is a way to thank veterans for their service and sacrifices. There are 8 WWII veterans,14 Korean War veterans, and one Vietnam War veteran going to see their war memorials in Washington, D.C. For many veterans this is their first time visiting Washington, D.C.
Hal Buck, a Korean War veteran, said it this will be his very first time touring Washington, D.C. and visiting his war memorial.
“I never imagined I would do something like this. I have a friend that got to go on this and I just kept applying and applying and applying and I finally got chosen,” Buck said.
Buck said he could hardly contain his excitement when he found out he was selected for Honor Flight.
“I just jumped for joy and called my daughter right away. And told her to go with me. It brought tears to my eyes and I am just really excited.”
On Saturday, April 22, a hero’s welcome will be at 12:30 p.m. at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.