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By Kay Higdon
Chronicle Contributor 

HONOR FLIGHT - A heartfelt 'welcome home' after 50 years


November 8, 2018

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Tom Bortner and his nephew at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

For Tom Bortner of Creswell, his recent participation in the South Willamette Honor Flight to Washington D.C., "was a true heartfelt 'Welcome Home' finally after 50 years!"

When Bortner learned two and a half years ago that Vietnam vets were being honored, he applied. Bortner was contacted for the all-expense paid trip "out of the blue," he said.

Bortner joined 44 other war veterans, accompanied by self-paying "guardians" who made sure their charges were up and ready to go, as each of the days were full of tours and sightseeing to the war memorials situated around the Capitol.

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