Late-WWII Vet Boards Last Honor Flight
September 12, 2011, 7:52 PM
ABERDEEN, SD -
An Aberdeen veteran wasn't so sure he'd go to Washington, D.C. as part of Honor Flight at all. He waited to sign up but is now thankful he changed his mind.
If you take a look at pictures of Archie Daly during his years in the service, you'll see a young man who got in for the tail end of World War Two. So, decades later when the chance came to board Honor Flight, he didn't even sign up at first.
"Well, I didn't really feel I was deserving. Because so many people went over in Europe, over in the Philippines and they had it pretty rough going and I kind of come in for the easy part of it," Daly said.
But when the non-profit kept offering more and more flights and friends of Daly's who went told him the experience was great, he decided he'd sign up. So, he finally went on the very last flight.
"Glad I went, that was fun," Daly said.
He still looks back on keepsakes from the trip and knows others who've gone are doing the same.
"Oh, I look back with a lot of fond memories. I've met with friends here in town that have been on it before and compared notes," Daly said.
And loving the trip is something they all have in common. Daly also enjoyed getting to know so many other veterans and volunteers involved and hearing the numerous stories that were each unique.
"That brought out a lot of memories, that trip did. It got you thinking about things that I've pretty much forgotten," Daly said.
And Daly is thankful he has memories from the trip to talk about now as well, despite almost missing it altogether.
"Everybody I talked to, this is before and since, have really enjoyed that trip. I thought it was fun," Daly said.
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