Posted: Jun 17, 2012 5:08 PM by Drew Trafton - MTN News
Updated: Jun 18, 2012 7:53 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Between two of the nation's most prestigious monuments-the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument-Montana's World War II veterans stood, for the moment, every bit as tall as the historical icons those monuments honor.
That's because the 97 veterans comprising Montana's inaugural Big Sky Honor Flight had become part of the National World War II Monument they were standing in, each a living testament to everything the stone, sculpted metal and fountains of that monument represented.
But many of the ever-humble veterans refused to be seen as heroes, instead choosing to deflect attention on to the monument itself.
"It's like seeing the Grand Canyon, you have to be there," said Bozeman veteran Jimmie Ramsey. "A photo won't do it. You have to be there and feel it and hear the water. There's just no way a person can accurately describe this without actually being there."
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