Local veterans return from D.C.

The Lincoln Memorial was one of the stops made by Boone County Freedom Flight veterans. Pictured is Doug Stumbo of Ogden.

Ogden’s Doug Stumbo, pictured at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C,. was among the 142 veterans on the 2nd Boone County Freedom Flight that departed in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Highlights while in the nation’s capitol were the WWII Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vitenam Veterans Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery where they placed a wreath (courtesy of Everlastings Flowers & Gifts) at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Stumbo said they also visited D.C.’s newest memorial honoring Air Force personnel.

The local veterans were recognized at a send-off ceremony Sunday, Oct. 1 in the Boone High School gymnasium.

Stumbo, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War, said he and fellow veterans received a warm welcome and were often approached by people wishing to shake their hands while offering words of gratitude.

Leo Johnson of Ogden made the trip as well. “It was all so impressive,” he says, especially the flight.” This was Johnson’s first experience in an airplane having more than two seats. “I had a window seat both ways,” he said, and described the clouds from above as a blanket of snow.