User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


36° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Keep an eye on slick roads through Tuesday  Download StormTracker

 

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Honor Flight Too Emotional For Some

September 2, 2009, 5:53 PM by Karla Ramaekers

Honor Flight Too Emotional For Some
Honor Flight gave World War Two veterans a long-overdue thank you for their time serving our country and protecting our freedoms.  For many, it's the first time they've been recognized for their service, and it stirred up emotions and thoughts they've suppressed since the war.

The wounds were still too fresh for one vet. South Dakota Honor Flight veterans gathered for photos at the state's pillar at the World War Two Memorial in D.C.  But one vet was missing.  Navy Veteran Jim Lockhart couldn't bring himself to join the crowd, couldn't make himself step inside the memorial dedicated to his service.

"If I'd have thought, and knew what was ahead of me when I got on that plane, I wouldn't have come. I don't like that feeling. I always waited to take a detour around anything that's emotional, didn't work this time," Lockhart said.
Like many vets, Lockhart hasn't talked much about what he saw overseas since returning from the war. Even now, it's still too tough.

"I just can't blend with the people that I know are looking for answers and I can't give them to them. Can't even get them for myself," Lockhart said.

He still questions how he made it out alive when so many others did not.

"I don't call that luck and I can't, when all the people who really paid the price aren't here," Lockhart said.

And because they never got to experience the Memorial, Lockhart felt he wasn't ready to either.

Previous Story

Next Story




Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Dominic Fischer Found Dead During Search

12/17/2014 12:07 PM

Searchers discovered the body of Dominic Fischer in a field on Wednesday.

Full Story
Alexis Vanbochove Has Passed Away

12/17/2014 10:47 AM

According to her family, 4-year-old Alexis Vanbochove passed away early Wednesday morning.

Full Story
Rapid City Police Search For Three Men Following Violent Home Invasion

12/17/2014 8:20 PM

Rapid City Police are searching for three suspects after a violent home invasion Wednesday afternoon.

Full Story
Man Missing After Vehicle Slides Into Ditch

12/16/2014 9:50 PM

Dominic Fischer was one of three people in a vehicle that slid into a ditch due to bad road and weather conditions, several miles north east of M...

Full Story
Pierre Teenager Convicted Of Murder Is Sentenced

12/16/2014 3:45 PM

A Pierre teenager convicted of killing a classmate in 2012 has been sentenced.

Full Story


Events