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Trip of a lifetime for veterans


Veteran Norman Miller was suppose to go on the Des Moines Honor Flight, but his wife was ill and he wanted to stay by her side. He then found out about this last Cedar Rapids Honor Flight of the year. Luckily they had a seat for him.

Miller is one of the younger ones.

"I will be 84 in February," said Miller.

Quite honestly, Miller was also one of the younger ones when he started serving in the U.S. Navy.  He was only 17.

"It is hard for me to imagine what it was like in war for my grandparents to sign off and let him into the service," said Diane Tough, Miller's daughter. "I think about my son and doing that and it's very frightening thought to send them off to war."

At the age of 17 Miller had life experiences not may people could say they have had. Now at the age of 83 he gets to have another life experience.

"I have seen the Vietnam Memorial. The World War II memorial was quite impressive when I saw pictures of it," said Miller.

Nearly 70 years later, here is their day, all dedicated to their service.

"It's a great tribute. A lot of tributes are after people were dead and this is one when people are alive and have served."

This flight is sponsored fully by World War II veteran Myron "Mike" Wilson and his wife Esther.

Wilson flew with the Honor Flight in June of 2010 and was concerned about time running out for the rest of these veterans. So he donated $55,000 to sponsor one last flight for 2011.

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