Column: Flight gives lift to Hoosier veterans

Last Saturday evening, the Indy Honor Flight hub completed its third trip to Washington, D.C., bringing home 70 central Indiana World War II veterans.

Among the group was Robert O. Stanley of Jackson County. Stanley was a Marine who served at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago and the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C., during the war.

Several thousand family members, friends and patriotic citizens gathered at the Indianapolis International Airport in a parade-like atmosphere to clap, cheer and wave flags as the aged heroes from a war fought more than 70 years ago passed by them one by one with large portraits of their service photos carried behind them by their guardians.


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