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Sturgis Veteran Grateful For Honor Flight

September 12, 2011, 7:05 PM by Austin Hoffman

Sturgis Veteran Grateful For Honor Flight
STURGIS, SD - South Dakota's second Honor Flight flew out of Rapid City in September 2009. And two years later, one Sturgis vet is not only grateful for the opportunity, he's ready to go again.

The first time veteran Morris Hallock heard about Honor Flight, he knew it was something he wanted to be a part of.

"The thrill of being in our nation's capital with your buddies, it's great stuff," Hallock said.

Two years after the trip, Hallock says his visit to the World War Two Memorial, alongside more than 100 fellow veterans, was even more special than he'd hoped.

"It's an experience that we'll all take to the grave with us, you know," Hallock said.

Thinking back on the trip, Hallock is overcome with memories and emotions.

"You think about guys that were guys that are gone, it's something overpowering," Hallock said.

Hallock is grateful to have shared the experience with so many other vets, but he says the joy of the trip really came down to the volunteers.

"I can't say enough. It was an extremely well disciplined and well-organized event," Hallock said.

And most of all, the Sturgis vet is thankful that so many South Dakotans were able to be a part of it.

"Our numbers are diminishing and ah, they say each generation will serve and they do, they do," Hallock said.

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