Fanfare greeted veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War as they headed out on the Last Frontier Honor Flight on Tuesday morning, April 18, 2017, at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
The airport's Police and Fire Honor Guard turned out, and Alaska Airlines customer service agent Denise Snow, accompanied on keyboard by her brother Darrel Hawk, sang a mini-concert that has become a tradition for Honor Flight departures.
Eight World War II veterans, 14 Korean War veterans and one Vietnam War veteran were traveling to Washington, D.C., to tour war memorials.
This is the eighth time the Last Frontier Honor Flight organization has worked with Alaska Airlines to send veterans to Washington, said public affairs manager Tim Thompson. He noted two earlier flights organized out of Fairbanks as well for a total of 10 flights honoring Alaska veterans so far. The group returns Saturday.