Hoosier Heroes: D-Day veterans given special ‘honor flight’ in vintage WWII aircraft

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FISHERS – Seventy years after the Allied Forces stormed the shores of Normandy, aviation’s role on D-Day is being honored and remembered at the Warbird Expo in Fishers.

Hosted by the Indiana wing of the Commemorative Air Force, the event will be held Saturday at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport.

This week, FOX59 got to go along for the ride, and so did two Indiana veterans who were there on D-Day seventy years ago.

The two veterans just met today for the very first time, even though they share a special place in history.

Marshall Horn of Lafayette was an Army medic. He thought he might not survive that day, but he did. Now he’s 99 years old.

“If it hadn’t been for D-day, things would be a lot different,” said Horn. “We might be speaking German today.”

Now 91, Lt. Joe Alexander was a Navy skipper.

“I knew I kept thinking this is the war to end wars,” said Alexander. “It’s amazing we ever got on that beach when you think of all the obstacles all the gunfire that was there.”

“It’s hard for me to talk about it,” said Horn. “It was a sad day.”

But it was also a day of incredible accomplishment, with highly important historical consequences.

“I remember it was such a good feeling to hear the roar in the sky with our bombers flying over to Germany,” said Alexander. “What a wonderful feeling it was.”

And on Friday they got to relive that feeling, and hear that roar in the sky, flying over Fishers in a vintage AT-6 Texan, just like the fighter planes used by the Allied Forces on D-Day.

Indy Honor Flight and the Indiana Wing of the CAF made it all possible.

“Oh man, I enjoyed that,” said Alexander, after enjoying his flight in the vintage aircraft.

“That’s probably the closest to heaven I’ll ever get,” joked Horn. “I’m glad that I’m here to do it.”

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