World War II Vet Hopes to Fly with Honor Flight

By KBJR News 1

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Bob Ballou served as a military police officer during World War II.

"The memories of it are intensifying by looking back at these pictures," Ballou said.

He served in Germany for a year and half, witnessing the horrific scenes of war firsthand.

"I think more now that I think of it as a moving experience rather than then because at that time you are caught up in the war," he said.

Now 87-year-old, Bob Ballou says it is time for reflection. This year, along with a hundred other area World War II Veterans, he will have an opportunity for that reflection in Washington D.C.

"They have been called the greatest generation and their numbers are dwindling," said Gerry Herrington, the co-chair for the Northland Honor Flight committee.

The Northland Honor Flight will fly veterans and caretakers to Washington D.C. for a day-long trip on May 14th. But before then, the non profit organization behind flight has a lot of work to do; including signing up volunteers and raising money through donations.

"We have a budget set of about $90,000 dollars," said Herrington. "We haven't even come close to get anywhere near that yet."

Ballou is among the vets who have submitted an application to be on board.

"To see this magnificent memorial from pictures I have seen, will just bring home to me more the recollections of my war years," said Ballou.

He says the opportunity to visit the nation's capitol will provide a sense of closure so many years later.

"I hope I will have feeling of glad to be a part of that and a satisfaction that we accomplished what we'd set out to do."

For more information: Honor Flight Northland

Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen