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FRANKLIN, Ind. — Gordon Dunn and Bud Vandivier, veterans residing at Morning Pointe of Franklin, went on a trip of a lifetime. The two seniors joined more than 80 Indiana veterans who traveled to Washington D.C. to witness the WWII memorials built in their honor as part of the Indy Honor Flight program.

“It is quite an honor and I am very excited to be able to share this experience with my grandson Jeff,” Dunn says. “It will be an opportunity to share and talk about it with him.”

The last surviving soldier from his platoon, Bud Vandivier says he is honored to be able to go in what was his second plane flight in his lifetime. Vandivier recalls his experiences as an Army police officer, saying he drove a jeep for the commanding officer to look for soldiers who had “gone over the hill.” He said they once boarded a plane to look for prisoners of war.

Now, he and many others received the opportunity to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation’s freedoms.

“I am so proud to have been a part of this Honor Flight and helping veterans see these memorials with their own eyes,” says Mary Beth Piland, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe of Franklin, who accompanied Dunn and Vandivier on their trip. “This is a very special way to honor our veterans who are so very deserving of this experience.”

Photos: Mary Beth Piland, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe of Franklin, and Morning Pointe residents Gordon Dunn and Bud Vandivier, joined more than 80 Indiana veterans who traveled to Washington D.C. to see the WWII memorials as part of the Indy Honor Flight program.