Hoeven greets World War II veterans on D.C. Honor Flight

Sen. John Hoeven greets World War II veterans from across North Dakota as they deboard a plane in Washington, D.C., en route to visit the WWII Memorial. (Source: Sen. John Hoeven's office)

FARGO – North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven welcomed about 125 World War II veterans from North Dakota as they arrived in Washington, D.C., today for what could be the last Honor Flight trip from the state.

During their two-day trip, the veterans will make a special visit to the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall. The veterans left Bismarck this morning, after they were greeted by members of the North Dakota Patriot Guard.

“We are forever indebted to our nation’s greatest generation for heeding the call to protect and defend our freedoms,” Hoeven said in a statement. “It’s an honor to welcome these brave men and women to our nation’s capital to visit the memorial erected in honor of their sacrifices.”

This weekend’s trip marks the 11th – and presumably final – Honor Flight to leave from North Dakota.

Forum Reporter Amy Dalrymple is traveling with the veterans and will offer updated reports from the nation’s capital. Check INFORUM for her stories today and tomorrow.