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.


73° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

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!

 

Final Honor Flight South Dakota: Day 1

June 6, 2011, 5:24 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Final Honor Flight South Dakota: Day 1
WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 100 World War II veterans are back in the state after a trip to see their memorial in Washington, D.C. This was the twelfth and final South Dakota Honor Flight.

There's a lot to see and not a lot of time to rest for the vets in the first day alone. And the celebration all starts back in South Dakota.

Six 'o clock in the morning often meets a yawn, but not 6:00 Friday morning.

Erich Schaffhauser: Are you ready for the trip?
Selwyn Ronning: I've been ready 20 years.

World War II veteran Selwyn Ronning was anxious to board Honor Flight at the Sioux Falls airport. The city's mayor and Senator John Thune thought the more than 100 veterans were important enough to see off Friday.

Dozens more felt the same way as they welcomed the veterans off the plane in Washington, D.C. And with police on motorcycles clearing a path through busy city traffic, the treatment didn't end after the airport either.

Once they arrived at the Air Force Memorial, the memories came rushing back for Chuck Childs, who flew nearly 40 missions during the war.

"I was always scared but every day we had to go,” Childs said. “Just thought maybe I'd come back; I'd be lucky and I was.”

Some experienced similar feelings at the Marine Memorial where the group drew in another member of Congress in Rep. Kristi Noem.

The memorial shows the flag raising at Iwo Jima and was a reunion of sorts for brothers Leo and Robert Phillip who were both there during the war.

"He was within 35 miles of me and I didn't even know he was there," Robert said.

Arlington National Cemetery was next and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For Childs, it was a reminder of friends who he lost who were killed right in planes he was flying.

"I won't get to see the graves. I did a long time ago, but they're buried at Arlington," Childs said. 

They’re still remembered at places like Arlington along the trip and still honored at places like the veteran's banquet. And they’re honored no less than those still alive to salute the flag today.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Body Of Missing Realtor Found At Arrowhead Park

10/18/2014 3:22 PM

The body of a missing Sioux Falls realtor has been found.

Full Story
SFPD Search For Missing Realtor

10/18/2014 11:45 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Full Story
UPDATE: Two People Dead In SF Crash

10/17/2014 9:52 PM

Two people are dead after a two vehicle crash on Friday night in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story


Events