Feeling appreciated

Korean War veteran Fred Yndestad was expecting his Honor Flight Chicago experience to be the “the greatest venture in my 84 years.” His expectations were met, and then some. He loved every minute of it, and he said he will never forget his flight on May 10, 2017.

The planning and the people involved in the trip really stood out to Yndestad. “The people were so helpful,” he said, including “the military personnel involved at all of the presentations at the monuments.”

Yndestad’s Honor Flight was his first trip to Washington, D.C., and he “cherished seeing the monuments for the fallen comrades.”

The Welcome Home celebration was also especially meaningful for Yndestad. “My entire family was there to welcome me back. It really brought tears to my eyes. A small boy gave me a toy soldier. I really felt appreciated. “

Yndestad says that he would recommend the experience to his fellow veterans in a heartbeat.

“It was one of the best days of my life. I appreciate all of the people who gave me and my fellow veterans a day we will always remember. God bless you people.”