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Published May 07, 2011, 10:20 AM

ND Veterans in Washington for Honor Flight

A group of World War II veterans from North Dakota is in Washington, D.C., as part of a Rough Rider Honor Flight.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group of World War II veterans from North Dakota is in Washington, D.C., as part of a Rough Rider Honor Flight.

The 124 veterans on Friday toured the Vietnam, Korean and Lincoln memorials and were honored with a banquet.

On Saturday, they'll visit the World War II memorial, as well as the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery before returning to Bismarck.

The group left Bismarck with an airport sendoff from the Patriot Guard, Honor Guard, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other supporters.

Clarence Olson, a Navy vet from Grand Forks, tells The Forum newspaper that the experience is unreal, saying he even talked to the governor.

Tom Knapp of Lisbon compared getting off the plane in Washington to being on the red carpet.

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