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World War II Veterans Honor Flight

Leon Merkes a World War II era paratrooper talks with US Air Force personal at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Merkes was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Merkes and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Eldon Gallear a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine gets a good-bye kiss from his daughter Tara Gallear at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Gallear and his wife Rose Gallear, at left, were waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Gallear and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Robert Johnson, a Navy veteran who worked on underwater demolition in the South Pacific talks with US Air Force personal at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Johnson was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Johnson and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Denise Snow, a customer service agent with Alaska Airlines, sings the National Anthem at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 for World War II veterans waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Gust Bartman, an Alaska Territorial Guard member, is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Wheel chairs are loaded onto and Alaska Airlines jet as World War II veterans gather at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Vincent Tocktoo, an Alaska Territorial Guard member from Nome, AK, is greeted by Kirk Palmberg, Assistant Director of Operations with the Alaska Air National Guard and 1st officer for Alaska Airlines, as World War II veterans gather at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Nancy Baker, from Fairbanks, holds her card certifying her training to fly P-40, P-47, P-51 and P-63 airplanes. Baker is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Gust Bartman, an Alaska Territorial Guard member, is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Robert Johnson, a Navy veteran who worked on underwater demolition in the South Pacific, and his guardian David Hansel talk with an Alaska Air National Guard member at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Johnson was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Johnson and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Leon Merkes a World War II era paratrooper talks with US Air Force personal at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Merkes was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Merkes and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Eldon Gallear a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine gets a good-bye kiss from his daughter Tara Gallear at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Gallear and his wife Rose Gallear, at left, were waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Gallear and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Robert Johnson, a Navy veteran who worked on underwater demolition in the South Pacific talks with US Air Force personal at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Johnson was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Johnson and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Denise Snow, a customer service agent with Alaska Airlines, sings the National Anthem at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 for World War II veterans waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Gust Bartman, an Alaska Territorial Guard member, is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Wheel chairs are loaded onto and Alaska Airlines jet as World War II veterans gather at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Vincent Tocktoo, an Alaska Territorial Guard member from Nome, AK, is greeted by Kirk Palmberg, Assistant Director of Operations with the Alaska Air National Guard and 1st officer for Alaska Airlines, as World War II veterans gather at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Nancy Baker, from Fairbanks, holds her card certifying her training to fly P-40, P-47, P-51 and P-63 airplanes. Baker is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Gust Bartman, an Alaska Territorial Guard member, is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Robert Johnson, a Navy veteran who worked on underwater demolition in the South Pacific, and his guardian David Hansel talk with an Alaska Air National Guard member at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Johnson was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Johnson and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Leon Merkes a World War II era paratrooper talks with US Air Force personal at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Merkes was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Merkes and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Eldon Gallear a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine gets a good-bye kiss from his daughter Tara Gallear at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Gallear and his wife Rose Gallear, at left, were waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Gallear and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Robert Johnson, a Navy veteran who worked on underwater demolition in the South Pacific talks with US Air Force personal at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Johnson was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Johnson and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Denise Snow, a customer service agent with Alaska Airlines, sings the National Anthem at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 for World War II veterans waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Gust Bartman, an Alaska Territorial Guard member, is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Wheel chairs are loaded onto and Alaska Airlines jet as World War II veterans gather at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Vincent Tocktoo, an Alaska Territorial Guard member from Nome, AK, is greeted by Kirk Palmberg, Assistant Director of Operations with the Alaska Air National Guard and 1st officer for Alaska Airlines, as World War II veterans gather at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Nancy Baker, from Fairbanks, holds her card certifying her training to fly P-40, P-47, P-51 and P-63 airplanes. Baker is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Gust Bartman, an Alaska Territorial Guard member, is one of the World War II veterans gathered at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. About 46 vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Robert Johnson, a Navy veteran who worked on underwater demolition in the South Pacific, and his guardian David Hansel talk with an Alaska Air National Guard member at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Johnson was waiting to board an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland and then on to Washington DC to visit the World War II memorial. Johnson and about 45 other vets are part of the largest Honor Flight group to make the trip to the nations capital from Alaska. Alaska Airlines is providing free air fare for the vets and reduced price tickets for guardians traveling with each vet.
Bob Hallinen
Alaska Dispatch