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  • Dan Wilson of Harrisburg, a Korean War Air Force veteran, is joined by family members as the crowd thanks him for his service at Honor Flight's return Tuesday night.

    Dan Wilson of Harrisburg, a Korean War Air Force veteran, is joined by family members as the crowd thanks him for his service at Honor Flight's return Tuesday night.
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  • Gary Stricklin of Harrisburg, a Vietnam War Army veteran, is thanked for his service by Girl Scouts at Honor Flight's return.

    Gary Stricklin of Harrisburg, a Vietnam War Army veteran, is thanked for his service by Girl Scouts at Honor Flight's return.
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  • Gary Stricklin of Harrisburg, a Vietnam War Army veteran, points to a crowd member in greeting, who points back while taking his photo during Honor Flight's return.

    Gary Stricklin of Harrisburg, a Vietnam War Army veteran, points to a crowd member in greeting, who points back while taking his photo during Honor Flight's return.
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  • LEFT: Joanne Wathen, a Carrier Mills Navy veteran, is thanked for her service at Honor Flight's return Tuesday night. RIGHT: Gary Stricklin of Harrisburg, a Vietnam War Army veteran, points to a crowd member in greeting, who points back while taking his photo during Honor Flight's return.

    LEFT: Joanne Wathen, a Carrier Mills Navy veteran, is thanked for her service at Honor Flight's return Tuesday night. RIGHT: Gary Stricklin of Harrisburg, a Vietnam War Army veteran, points to a crowd member in greeting, who points back while taking his photo during Honor Flight's return.
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  • Norman Alexander, a Vietnam Air Force veteran, holds up a birthday cake he received during Honor Flight. With him is his daughter Robin Johnston.

    Norman Alexander, a Vietnam Air Force veteran, holds up a birthday cake he received during Honor Flight. With him is his daughter Robin Johnston.
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  • Paul Brockschmidt, an Eldorado Army veteran, is thanked by the crowd during Honor Flight's return.

    Paul Brockschmidt, an Eldorado Army veteran, is thanked by the crowd during Honor Flight's return.
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  • Ralph Gass of Eldorado, a Vietnam War Army veteran, is thanked by crowd members during Honor Flight's return.

    Ralph Gass of Eldorado, a Vietnam War Army veteran, is thanked by crowd members during Honor Flight's return.
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  • Roy Greer, a Korean War Army veteran, is welcomed by the crowd during Honor Flight's return.

    Roy Greer, a Korean War Army veteran, is welcomed by the crowd during Honor Flight's return.
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updated: 10/4/2019 11:50 AM

Thousands greet returning veterans Tuesday at Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion, thanking them for their service to this country more than a half-century ago.