World War II Veterans Gone, but Not Forgotten

By KBJR News 1

May 19, 2011 Updated May 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM CDT

Washington, D.C. (Northland's NewsCenter) - Time is running out for members of this nation's greatest generation. Nearly 1,000 veterans of World War Two die every day.

For some Northland WW2 vets, Saturday's Honor Flight trip to the nation's capital came too late.

Several veterans, who have died, were represented by family and loved ones.

The Northland's NewsCenter's Kevin Jacobsen had the privilege of traveling with the Honor Flight.

Sidney Henson was a member of the Navy Reserve during World War Two. He passed away a decade ago, missing the once in a life time opportunity to visit the nation's capitol.

"I told everyone of them, because my dad wanted to come so bad, we didn't get him here, so I told all these guys that they are my dad's today," said Karin Swor.

Karin Swor traveled to D.C. on Honor Flight Northland as a guardian.
The sights and sounds help her remember.

"I think about my dad and what he did and what these other men and women did and how awesome it is we were able to finally get a memorial for them."

The memorial built in 2004, honors the 6 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. and the more than 400,000 who died.

Carol Veron's husband served as a Marine on the USS Minneapolis in the South Pacific.

"He was a guard on the ship because he was a tall man, they chose the biggest men for that," Veron said holding a picture of her late husband.

She volunteered to be a guardian for the Honor Flight, helping Vets see what her husband never had a chance too see.

He passed away last fall.

"It means so much because I feel he's with me today," Veron said. "Even though he's gone now. I want to help others and remember him while I'm here."

A medal of honor coin belonging to World War 2 Veteran Mike Colalillo was also on the journey.

Deteriorating health prevented Minnesota's only living medal of honor recipient from being there in person.

The response for the Honor Flight here in the Northland has been so great that organizers have announced a second flight in October.

Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen
kjacobsen@northlandsnewscenter.com
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