ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - 23 Alaska veterans were welcomed back to Anchorage Saturday with a celebration at Ted Stevens International Airport, following their Last Frontier Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
A bagpipe performance greeted the vets as they exited the plane. Friends family, and the community welcomed home the vets with signs and cheers. Each veteran was also presented with their own quilt from Quilts of Valor.
Governor Dunleavy spoke to the veterans upon their return, thanking them for their service, along with several other speakers. Last Frontier Honor Flight board member, Ron Travis, says the Honor Flight is more than just a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials.
"It's become a trip of camaraderie, bonding, having an opportunity to actually let go of some of those old haunts that seem to have followed us for years," said Travis. "I think that's the real thing that we get the most from, or I felt is the most important part of that."
This trip was the 13th Last Frontier Honor Flight. Veterans on this flight served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
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