Clarence and James Decker of Colby traveled to Washington D.C. on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to visit the monuments, but also to visit a fallen family member. Robert H. Decker, Clarence's son and James' older brother lost his life in the Vietnam War.More >>
Veterans on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight have returned from Washington, D.C.More >>
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAOW)--Evelyn and Richard Bjorklund, known by their nicknames Ev and Dick, had the opportunity to re-live their experiences of World War II earlier this week thanks to a trip on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. The pair of veterans, who met after the war ended, have been married for 62 years.
"There's a famous line in South Pacific. 'Once you have found her, never let her go." And Ev and Dick haven't let go ever since meeting in Beloit over six decades ago.
The two could not wait to head to Washington and share memories from before they met and married.
"Because I was stationed in Washington D.C. there was so much going on right here," said Ev. She was eager to show her husband the places she spent time while serving in the Navy WAVES and working in D.C. at the Communications Annex.
While she was in Washington, Dick was completing rigorous mental and physical training in the Air Force. He was in the final phase of B29 gunnery training when the United States dropped what he referred to as "The Big Bomb."
"I know that bomb was a very terrible thing, but at the same time it probably saved thousands and thousands of lives."
Reflecting on those experiences, the two spent Monday touring the monuments.
"To receive this honor for serving our country it's just a very humbling experience," said Dick.
Both understand the importance of serving one's country, and said it's our nation's capitol and monuments that will stand the test of time; something their love and laughter have proven over the years.
It's a bond that started after WWII, strengthened once again thanks to being surrounded by history.