Final Honor Flight: Following A Vet
June 12, 2011, 5:30 PM
There will be no more takeoffs for Honor Flight South Dakota. The non-profit has sent all able and eligible World War II veterans who applied to see their memorial to Washington, D.C.
KELOLAND's Erich Schaffhauser followed a vet through the final trip.
As World War II veterans were boarding the final Honor Flight in Sioux Falls, Orland Wallenberg, known to most as Wally was ready for the trip.
"Oh I think it's great; I'm loving this," Wallenberg said.
Erich Schaffhauser: And it hasn't even started yet.
Orland Wallengerg: And it hasn't even started yet.
And once it did start, he loved it all that much more.
And enjoy it he did, along with all the stops and the banquet before as well.
By the time he got to see the memorial on day two of the trip, he called it a special time.
"I'm thrilled to pieces. You can't imagine people doing this much for somebody and you can tell it's from the heart," Wallenberg said.
He got to share his thrilled to pieces experience with family who met up with him along the way. And didn't have one negative thing to say the entire time.
"Thank you is about all we expect you know. But to get this extra treatment is overwhelming," Wallenberg said.
Wallenberg met his wife out East, thanks to his time in the service. To listen to him tell that story, click on the video player below.
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