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World War II veteran Arnold Luoma or Baxter smiles after talking about his recen

Honor flight an emotional experience for WWII vet

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It’s a long trip from Arnold Luoma’s white stucco Baxter home to the historic monuments of Washington, D.C., — a journey that could be daunting for anyone, much less an 89-year-old World War II vet.

The June 8 Honor Flight that took about 80 World War II veterans from Duluth to Washington, D.C., in about 16 hours was a tiring experience for Luoma, but one that he wouldn’t have traded for the world.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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