Hoeven Honors North Dakota Veterans in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven yesterday met with veterans from North Dakota during their trip to Washington for the WDAY Honor Flight. The veterans served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Afghanistan. The senator welcomed the veterans yesterday when they first arrived in our nation’s capital.

“We owe our veterans so much, and this event is a great way to remember their service and sacrifices,” Hoeven said. “It’s an honor to welcome these brave men and women to our nation’s capital to visit the memorials erected in honor of their commitment to our country, and it was inspiring to see passersby and tourists stop to thank the veterans for their service. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event a reality.”

The North Dakota veterans are visiting Washington, D.C. as part of the WDAY Honor Flight program, which brings veterans to the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. The veterans will also tour Arlington National Cemetery and other monuments on the National Mall during their two-day trip.

The first North Dakota WDAY Honor Flight departed from Fargo in May 2007, becoming one of the first groups in the nation, and the first in the Upper Midwest, to send World War II veterans to Washington to see their memorial. In 2015, the project expanded to include Korean War veterans.