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The Big Sky Honor Flight: A Modest Story of Bravery

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If you want to learn anything about today's youth then simply check out their Facebook, but knowing the true history of what a veteran sacrificed often means reading their obituary. So many heroes take what they have sacrificed and how they have suffered to their graves?

Those who don't say a lot, often have the most to say."I was in it at 17 years old, and the fact that many of my friends were in, and we just wanted to get in and serve our country," veteran John Jack Kendelman said.

"We were just average people called out to do our job, and we did it," veteran Lowell Bullis said.

"It was just one of those things when you're that young it just seemed like I had to do it, and I'm not sorry about it at all," veteran Bob Tillery said.

Today's youth is undoubtedly different than decades ago. You don't see these World War Two veterans updating their Facebook pages or bragging about their accomplishments. On the fourth Big Sky Honor Flight, generations were able to come together to learn history through emotion, and one such experience involved a surprise visit from a grandson. "It's outstanding to spend that time with him. I haven't seen him since 2009. We live in Tampa, Florida so it's kind of a hike to get out to Montana. But, it was awesome to see him and talk with him as we were looking at different memorials," grandson Time Dorman said.

"It was a great surprise. He was in Iraq and retired from the Air Force six months ago, and he's a service person too," Veteran Leroy Dusty Bourque said.

Bourque said the old feelings started coming back from the moment he arrived at Logan Airport to depart to D.C. "The whole scene was so unreal. I told other people as I was in Times Square on V.J. Day, and you can imagine the scene there, and that's exactly how I felt when I came into Billings. Geez, another V.J. Day," Bourque said.

Modesty and appreciation are the best words to describe the trips through each national park. Tim said it's something today's generation could benefit from. "I think the younger generation needs to remember we are just all responsible for all the freedom that we have with all the technology and keep the United States on top. That's what I would like them to take away," Dorman said.

President Roosevelt once said, "There is nothing so American as our national parks," and truer words were never spoken as the World War Two veterans made their last stop at the F.D.R. Memorial on the Big Sky Honor Flight. "I just thank the good Lord that I'm able to walk around here yet. I may not look it, but I'm 92 years old. I think I get around pretty well for that age. I'm lucky that I can walk around and see all this there is to see that there is in D.C. It's wonderful, and you can't beat it," said veteran Ben Raisland.

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