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Big Sky Honor Flight: A Look Back

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The ninth and final Big Sky Honor Flight takes off on Sunday.

Over 750 veterans have gotten a chance to go to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial honoring their service.

Now, we take a look back to hear from those veterans in their own words what Big Sky Honor Flight means to them.

"It's hard for me to talk about it. Number one, why me? I wish my brother was here. Its an honor, that's all. World War II was a totally different operation, every single person in the US from the time they were born to the time they died were involved in World War II." says Kenny Kjelstrup.

"It just makes you proud to be an American and we enjoyed every bit of it," says Bob Standefer.

"There are no words to tell those people how hard they worked in their effortless and tireless and the integrity we felt. There are no words except, 'thank you,' says Barb Christensen who's father was on a flight.

"Sir is there a story you haven't told?" asks Greg LaMotte.

" I've got several that I probably won't tell. Just don't want to talk about it.. You know, when I left I put that all behind me. I want to forget it and I just don't talk about it," says Myron Stutterheim from Wilsall.

"Maybe we try to forget it. We remember some of the things from the highlights and some of the gruesome things but they're back in the back of our minds and for some reason it seems like they want to stay there," says Ruben Oberlander from Miles City.

"The fact that I was in it at 17 years old, many of my acquaintances were in, and we just wanted to get in and serve our country," says John Kindelman from Manhattan.

"We were just average people called out to do our job, and we did it," says Lowell Bullis from Park City.

"It was just one of those things when you're that young it just seemed like I had to do it," says Bob Tillery from Miles City.

"I don't think in 25 years or longer since he's been in the East part of the country, that was really special I thought," says Leo Heyd from Billings.

"It's been incredible. It's emotional for me. You can't be here with these people and not be impacted," says Dave Jonckowski who went his father on a trip.

"This is great, and uh, this World War Two Memorial is something I didn't expect. I didn't really know what to expect in seeing it and it's quite emotional, ya know?" says Larry Jonckowski.

"It feels good to be home and see all those people! I don't deserve all that," says Donald Brewer.

"It was an honor to come here and it makes me very happy to see everybody. It's a wonderful thing. Everybody should come and see the Washington and the Lincoln Memorial," says Barbara Musgrove, a U.S. Navy Veteran.

That final flight takes off this Sunday.

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