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Boomer Q&A: Mike Thompson launches local honor flights for fellow vets

6:53 PM, Jan. 18, 2013
Mike Thompson, far right, stands Oct. 13, 2009, with his brothers Chuck and Danny in Washington, D.C., at the World War II Memorial with a picture of their father, James W. Thompson.
Mike Thompson, far right, stands Oct. 13, 2009, with his brothers Chuck and Danny in Washington, D.C., at the World War II Memorial with a picture of their father, James W. Thompson.
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Three years ago, Junction City resident Mike Thompson had a third-quarter life-changing experience.

Thompson, a former Air National Guard service member and grandfather, ventured to Washington, D.C., with the U.S. flag that was laid on his father's casket. His father had served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Thompson took the trip through Honor Flight, a nonprofit organization that flies veterans, for free, to Washington, D.C., for a day to see all of the veteran memorials built there.

Thompson, who traveled from Sioux City, Iowa, his hometown, to D.C. with his brothers that day in 2009, ...

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