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Honor Flight Northern Colorado Sendoff Sunday, May 5th, 2013 [PICTURES/VIDEO]

Honor Flight Northern Colorado - Albert Stevens, U.S. Navy
Jenny Harding, For TSM
Old Glory waving in the sun
Jenny Harding, For TSM

I was so honored to meet some true American heroes over the weekend. I was at the Honor Flight Northern Colorado Send Off at the Embassy Suites in Loveland on Sunday morning.  My wife and I took some pictures and recorded a couple videos to help give you a feel of what it was like.

Every honored World War II and Korean War veteran was greeted by the Colorado Patriot Guard riders when they arrived at the hotel.  They were also assigned a guardian who made the trip with them to Washington D.C.  54 veterans from World War II, 59 from the Korean War, and 9 Purple Heart recipients from Vietnam and Afghanistan were honored yesterday.

There were a lot of tears shed on Sunday. There were tears of joy from the veterans who gave so much and are finally being recognized for their gift of freedom for each and every one of us.  There were tears from friends and  family members who were there to support our heroes…and there were tears from guys like me that had no tie to any of the honored veterans. I was so touched after I watched the “Honor Flight” movie that I had to be there yesterday.  I was so glad my wife and I were went. It did my heart good. Here are some of the pictures that we captured.

There are a few people that I met on Sunday that really touched my heart. One such person was David Beldus, who served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was so grateful for the opportunity to be on the Honor flight. This is a must-see video.

Every Honor Flight Veteran was assigned a guardian to accompany them on the trip to Washington D.C.  Guardians make a cash donation to Honor Flight for the privilege. I talked to Honor Flight Guardian Megan Jorgensen about why she signed up.

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