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World War II Veterans Honor Flight
Anchorage Daily News ^ | 02/07/2014

Posted on 05/08/2014 12:19:38 AM PDT by skeptoid

Leon Merkes a World War II era paratrooper.....waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial.

Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets.

(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: alaska Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: skeptoid
Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints

Your post with the Anchorage Daily News photo will have to be removed because Anchorage Daily News requires all content to be excerpted before being posted on Free Republic. It also means that no photographs from Anchorage Daily News can be posted. Please make note.

Thanks.

2 posted on 05/08/2014 1:22:13 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

I know rules are rules but if they (adn) weren’t so touchy I would have gone to the adn site and read the whole thing and giving them a “hit”

Now they get nothing from Me.


3 posted on 05/08/2014 5:30:15 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: skeptoid; All
So how about We give Alaska Airlines the Credit
4 posted on 05/08/2014 5:34:44 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: skeptoid; All; Chode; SgtBob
And here is a Video (better than crummy birdcage liner pics)
5 posted on 05/08/2014 5:46:07 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Ping

I know You have a ping list. If You don’t mind. Thanks


6 posted on 05/08/2014 5:58:37 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Admin Moderator
....Anchorage Daily News requires all content to be excerpted......

I DID excerpt the text I posted

Also interesting that I have never had a problem posting

photos from ADN until now (just a couple of weeks

after new owners took over).

7 posted on 05/08/2014 2:44:39 PM PDT by skeptoid (the thought plickens)
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To: mabarker1
So how about We give Alaska Airlines the Credit

I did that in the excerpted post and it is noted in some slideshow captions at the link.

...didn't know about the PR page at your link.

8 posted on 05/08/2014 2:49:50 PM PDT by skeptoid (the thought plickens)
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To: mabarker1
good on them...
9 posted on 05/08/2014 2:51:23 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: mabarker1; skeptoid

The ADN is lower than pond scum!!


10 posted on 05/08/2014 5:33:03 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: mabarker1; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ..
World War II Veterans Honor Flight
11 posted on 05/08/2014 5:35:45 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: skeptoid; Kathy in Alaska

Anyhow...besides the fact that the ADN is indeed pond scum, I am thankful that these wonderful vets get to make this voyage and that the airline gives it to them. Some people are much nicer than others!

God bless our vets...especially since it’s VE day today! :)


12 posted on 05/08/2014 5:43:44 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks Kathy. The last WWII vet in my family just went to his reward a couple days ago.


13 posted on 05/08/2014 6:07:44 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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Active Duty/Retiree ping.


14 posted on 05/08/2014 6:13:39 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: LUV W

America has had many great generations.

Those who fought and won the Revolution. Those soldiers in the War Between the States, who marched into almost certain death without hesitation. Those who charged up San Juan Hill, and those in WWI who suffered so much in the trenches.

I particularly remember those American Navy sailors who faced down and eventually beat the Japanese when all the cards were stacked against them. At Midway where they beat the best trained and most highly selective pilots and aircrew in the world. Japanese pilots flying better aircraft than we had. They sent four Japanese Carriers to the bottom of the sea and never let them dominate the Pacific again.


15 posted on 05/08/2014 6:18:06 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: BykrBayb

God rest the soul of a hero....

16 posted on 05/08/2014 6:22:04 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: mabarker1

How sweeett

That reason I always fly on Alaskan airlines anytime I make a trip to see relatives up there in Fairbanks AK


17 posted on 05/08/2014 6:25:17 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Kathy in Alaska


God Bless them - God Bless them all, God Bless them good!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

18 posted on 05/08/2014 6:25:42 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: yarddog

In the American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Coastie and Marine beats the heart of a hero! They deserve ALL honors!


19 posted on 05/08/2014 6:28:12 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: LUV W

Yes the Americans were not just brave, they were good.

I will have to admit that the Japanese and Germans were very tough opponents but the Americans always eventually prevailed.

I recall Saburo Sakai in his book mentioned the American Marines attacking in New Guinea. One of his fellow pilots told him the Americans had landed and were fighting like demons.


20 posted on 05/08/2014 6:36:40 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: LUV W

Thank you. You are so thoughtful.


21 posted on 05/08/2014 6:46:26 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

I’m sure all of us here honor him in our hearts!


22 posted on 05/08/2014 6:52:58 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: skeptoid; All

Last fall I was to attend an Honors Flight with a then 94 year old WWII vet. He wasn’t feeling well and since he worked with the JCS in DC he has ‘seen it all anyway’. He was interviewed by CBS a few weeks ago for a story they may run during the D Day Anniversary. After the war my friend was in charge of the construction of the Normandy Cemetery, and he was responsible for moving our fallen soldiers from temporary graves to Normandy. At the time he wasn’t thrilled with his assignment, but now he considers it one of the highlights of his career. He retired as a Lieutenant General. Not many of our WWII vets are still with us and unfortunately, many are not of good enough health to participate in the Honors Flight. Bless them all.


23 posted on 05/08/2014 7:01:21 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: Kathy in Alaska

BTTT


24 posted on 05/09/2014 1:43:07 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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